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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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The Spirit World

The Spirit World

(p.141) Chapter 7 The Spirit World
Soul Hunters

Rane Willerslev

University of California Press

This chapter centers on the spirit world, showing that the Yukaghirs hardly give names to spirits and have no neatly ordered system of classification. It then develops an argument that relates this to the nature of Yukaghir practical experience, while going beyond the widespread view of knowledge as a matter of linguistic representations or cognition. The chapter also compares the Yukaghirs with the Yupik, suggests a different approach to the issue of spiritual knowledge, shows how inquiries into the spirit world are made, and addresses the oppositions to the notion of “worldview.”

Keywords:   spirit world, system of classification, practical experience, linguistic representations, Yupik, spiritual knowledge, inquiries, worldview

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