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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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Body-Soul Dialectics

Body-Soul Dialectics

Human Rebirth Beliefs

(p.50) Chapter 3: Body-Soul Dialectics
Soul Hunters

Rane Willerslev

University of California Press

This chapter discusses reincarnation, but focuses on its implications for relations within the human life world, and demonstrates how reincarnation is important as a model for dealing with grief. Reincarnation also emphasizes the continuity rather than the finality of personal relationships. The chapter furthermore shows how a person's relation to the soul of his previous incarnation is problematic, and studies the notion of the fragmented body in relation to Lacan's theory of the “mirror stage.”

Keywords:   reincarnation, human life world, dealing with grief, continuity, personal relationships, fragmented body, mirror stage theory

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