Chapter

The Spirit World

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252165.003.0009
The Spirit World

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This chapter centers on the spirit world, showing that the Yukaghirs hardly give names to spirits and have no neatly ordered system of classification. It then develops an argument that relates this to the nature of Yukaghir practical experience, while going beyond the widespread view of knowledge as a matter of linguistic representations or cognition. The chapter also compares the Yukaghirs with the Yupik, suggests a different approach to the issue of spiritual knowledge, shows how inquiries into the spirit world are made, and addresses the oppositions to the notion of “worldview.”

Keywords: spirit world; system of classification; practical experience; linguistic representations; Yupik; spiritual knowledge; inquiries; worldview

Chapter.  7729 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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