Amazonian shamanism is of a totally different kind and order than the classical Siberian shamanism, less well known about except in its neutered ayahuasca hippy form. Here I want to set the record straight, to delve into the violent, disturbing, aggressive and predatory nature of Parakana shamanism. We could call this a Predatory Animism.
This episode will be a foundational reading from Carlos Fausto’s chapter: A Blend of Blood and Tobacco: Shamans and Jaguars among the Parakanã of Eastern Amazonia.
Taken from the excellent book: In Darkness and Secrecy - The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia. Edited by: Neil L. Whitehead and Robin Wright