Bird-David, Nurit
(1951– )
   Anthropologist at the University of Haifa, Israel, whose article “Animism Revisited” is of considerable importance in understanding animism, the worldview and lifeways of shamans and their communities. Her research extends the insights of Irving Hallowell by discussing her research among the Nayaka, a hunter-gatherer community of the Gir Valley in the Nilgiri region of South India. She has also written insightfully about the sexual, marital, and other relational languages and performances that express human–animal and wider human–nature encounters. Her demonstration that hunting is frequently spoken of in sexual terms (including “courtship, seduction/abduction, consummation and procreation/ reproduction”) should be read alongside Carlos Fausto’s linkage between shamans, hunters, and warriors that place all in a relation to predation and blood.

Historical dictionary of shamanism. . 2007.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • David Gerstein (artist) — This article is about David Gerstein (artist). For David Gerstein (comics author), see David Gerstein. David Gerstein in his studio David (Dudu) Gerstein (דוד (דודו) גרשטיין) b. Jerusalem, 1944 is an Israeli artist who works on the border line… …   Wikipedia

  • Bibliography —    As the scope of the dictionary entries and extent of this bibliography make clear, there is a huge range of literature on shamans, from introductory works, general discussions on such topics as definition, and culture specific ethnographic… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • Animism — (from Latin anima soul, life )[1][2] refers to the belief that non human entities are spiritual beings, or at least embody some kind of life principle.[3] Animism encompasses the beliefs that there is no separation between the spiritual and… …   Wikipedia

  • Nayaka —    A hunter gatherer community of the forested Gir Valley in the Nilgiri region of South India. Their relational epistemology is discussed in Nurit Bird David’s article on animism (1999). The centrality of sharing of space, things, and actions in …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • Animism —    Arguably the proper label for the type of religion practiced among traditional indigenous people who employ shamans. Rather than being “shamanists” or adherents of “shamanism,” these people may be usefully named “animists.” While the term was… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • Fausto, Carlos —    In an important article with particular reference to the Parakanã, Fausto defines Amazonian shamanism as “predatory animism.” In an elucidating comment, he contrasts neoshamanism, which is “turned on the remodeling of individual subjectivities …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • Ojibwe —    Also known as Anishinaabeg, Ojibwa, and Chippewa. ANative American people now living in the Midwest of the United States and south central Canada. Their Algonquian language makes a grammatical distinction between animate and inanimate genders; …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • Sexuality —    Despite significant interest in the gender of shamans, the importance of sexuality in shamanic being and performance is commonly overlooked or diminished. In those cultures where shamanic initiation and roles involve marital relationships with …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • HEBREW LITERATURE, MODERN — definition and scope beginnings periodization …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”