This is a second-hand copy of the book Jivaro - Among the Headshrinkers of the Amazon (1953) by Bertrand Flornoy.
Condition: This is a used book in good condition. The dustjacket is worn with creasing and rubbing. The dust jacket has now been covered in a non-adhesive PVC cover for its own protection. This is simply folded in place and is easy to remove without damaging the jacket. A previous owner has written the name inside the front cover - see photos.
Publisher: The Travel Book Club Year: 1953 Format: Hardback with dustjacket Pages: 206 Condition: Used (Good)
The Jivaro Indians of the Peru-Ecuador interior have long been renowned for their ferocity and cruelty in warfare; they are also shamanistic, communing with ancient spectres through the ingestion of poisonous hallucinogens. But above all, the Jivaro are known for their unique and macabre brand of death magic ― the severing and shrinking of human heads. JIVARO is the true account of an expedition into the Amazon rain forest to locate and study the Jivaro Indians; their dialects, social structures, methods of survival, and ― above all ― the orgiastic witchcraft rites which culminate in the slaughter, decapitation, and spell-binding of their enemies, whose souls are forever imprisoned and silenced by the ritual reduction of their heads.
JIVARO is one of the true classics of populist ethnography, a vivid record of a vanishing way of life that retains its power to grip, and sometimes shock, the reader.
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