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Caboclo Shamanism

  • Raymundo Heraldo Maués
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_543-1

Definition

Caboclo (mestizo) shamanism or rural shamanism is originally an indigenous form of cult, but it is practiced mainly in rural areas of Brazilian Amazonia by nonindigenous populations, and has been studied by several folklorists, historians, anthropologists, and other scholars. It is presented as a therapeutic practice that is integrated into a broader system of various forms of what is called popular medicine, comprising a global medical system into which most of the rural or rurally originated populations in Brazilian Amazonia are integrated but are also present in the Pan Amazonian territory that includes regions of several countries bordering Brazil. In recent years urban shamanism has developed, albeit the latter is not presented in detail in this paper.

Introduction

This entry is limited to the territory referred to as the Salgado region, which is part of the northeast coast of the state of Pará, pertaining to Brazilian Amazonia. I use, however, the bibliography...

Keywords

Shamanism Brazilian Amazonia Popular Catholicism Rural Shamanism Popular medicine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology and Anthropology Postgraduate Program/PPGSAFederal University of Pará/UFPABelem/ParáBrazil