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Soul HuntersHunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252165

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252165.001.0001

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To Kill or Not to Kill

To Kill or Not to Kill

Rebirth, Sharing, and Risk

(p.29) Chapter 2 To Kill or Not to Kill
Soul Hunters

Rane Willerslev

University of California Press

This chapter studies the ethnography of the hunters and their relationship to the animals they aim to kill. It focuses particularly on their ideas of animal rebirth, and considers the possibility of a connection between the hunters' belief in reincarnation and their supposedly “aggressive” subsistence practices, also focusing on what is commonly reported in ethnographic studies of hunter-gatherers, namely “sharing.”

Keywords:   hunter-gatherers, ethnography, animal rebirth, subsistence practices, sharing

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