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L'utilisation des insectes dans les pratiques médicinales et rituelles d'Amazonie indigène - Insects in medicinal and ritual practices in the Indigenous Amazon

Abstract : Social insects, and specifically ants, play a crucial part in traditional Amazonian ritual and symbolic systems. This paper examines what effective uses insects are put to by Amazonian peoples, and how these are reflected in their ideology. We thus hope to illustrate how ethno-entomology can shed a new light on some of the “hottest” topics currently debated in Americanist forums. Special emphasis will be placed on theories such as Descola's discussion of “animism” or Arhem and Viveiros de Castro's “perspectivism”. Such theories are grounded on the assumption that Amazonian cosmologies treat human and non-human animals as ontologically equivalent beings. Yet, discussions have hereto focused on mammals and fish, paying little attention to insects, despite the potentially innovative data they are likely to provide.
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Nicolas Césard, Jérémy Deturche, Philippe Erikson. L'utilisation des insectes dans les pratiques médicinales et rituelles d'Amazonie indigène - Insects in medicinal and ritual practices in the Indigenous Amazon. Elisabeth Motte-Florac, Jacqueline M.C. Thomas. Les Insectes dans la tradition orale – Insects in oral litterature and traditions, Peeters-SELAF (Ethnosciences), pp.395-406, 2003. ⟨halshs-00347153⟩

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