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Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia

Aparecida Vilaça


Praying and Preying offers one of the rare anthropological monographs on the Christian experience of contemporary Amazonian indigenous peoples, based on an ethnographic study of the relationship between the Wari’, inhabitants of Brazilian Amazonia, and the evangelical missionaries of the New Tribes Mission, which first began in the 1950s. Vilaça turns to a vast range of historical, ethnographic, and mythological material related to both the Wari’ and Christian perspectives, including the New Tribes literature, interviews with New Tribes missionaries, translation practices and translated Christ ... More

Keywords: Amazonia, Christianity, translation, ontology, cultural change, perspectivism, morality, ritual, body, Wari’

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520289130
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520289130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aparecida Vilaça, author