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War of ShadowsThe Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon$
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Michael Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520074354

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520074354.001.0001

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Death of a Chronicle Foretold

Death of a Chronicle Foretold

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(p.164) eight Death of a Chronicle Foretold
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War of Shadows
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Michael F. Brown

Eduardo Fernandez

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0011

Luis Shintori is one of the most forceful Asháninka leaders living near Cubantía. His reputation as a leader comes in part from experience in the world outside of Asháninka communities. The authority of shamans is spiritual, but it is given shape by a network of kinsmen, friends, followers, patients, and by enemies and detractors. They are empowered by politics but also constrained by it. Asháninka narratives about messianic figures note that someone always doubts the savior. The Peruvian armed forces had cut a swath through the peasantry with napalm and aerial bombardment. The day after Padre Lecuona's message about the occupation of the mission reached Lima, the army sent a helicopter to Obenteni. Lecuona was protected by his status as a priest. The army's attempt to deny narrative closure to Guillermo Lobatón's life was countered by stories of what really happened to the guerrillas.

Keywords:   Luis Shintori, Asháninka, Padre Lecuona, shamans, politics, Guillermo Lobatón, Lima, guerrillas

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