Allen Johnson

in Families of the Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232419
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936294 | DOI:

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This chapter provides an account of Matsigenka Indian cosmology that reveals the concern with impulse control and harmonious living that the Matsigenka recognize as central to their family-centered way of life. It discusses the Matsigenka's beliefs about their origins or creation and suggests that they have extensive and detailed knowledge of their world. Though their world is charged with supernatural significance, their everyday conversation is dominated by pragmatic or materialistic descriptions.

Keywords: Matsigenka Indians; cosmology; way of life; creation; supernatural significance; materialistic descriptions

Chapter.  14650 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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