Ideas of Species and Personhood

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:
Ideas of Species and Personhood

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This chapter reviews the issue of human–animal relations. It describes the Yukaghir ideas about species and personhood, and states that they can be ascribed to “perspectival ontology,” whereby all creatures (humans and nonhumans) see themselves as humans, and everyone else as prey and predators.

Keywords: human–animal relations; species; personhood; perspectival ontology; prey; predators

Chapter.  6836 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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