To Kill or Not to Kill

Rane Willerslev

in Soul Hunters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252165
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941007 | DOI:
To Kill or Not to Kill

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This chapter studies the ethnography of the hunters and their relationship to the animals they aim to kill. It focuses particularly on their ideas of animal rebirth, and considers the possibility of a connection between the hunters' belief in reincarnation and their supposedly “aggressive” subsistence practices, also focusing on what is commonly reported in ethnographic studies of hunter-gatherers, namely “sharing.”

Keywords: hunter-gatherers; ethnography; animal rebirth; subsistence practices; sharing

Chapter.  9083 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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