Qui est le grand méchant loup ? : transformations nocturnes effrayantes et identification de l’inceste en Amazonie

Abstract : In the Lower Amazon, Brazil, the so-called engerados are identified old villagers supposed to turn into animals or hybrids at night, as a tribute for having practiced “sinful” incestuous relations during their life time. This paper builds on gossips aiming at denunciating kins or allies for being incestuous. Second-hand stories recount fortuitous encounters between villagers and engerados. In these narratives, the engerados inspire fear and provoke somatic disagreements to anyone at sight, even though no interaction is looked for. In the morning, gossips spread rapidly to speculate and discover who is the engerado, the villager having transgressive sexual practices. In a rural society where incest is quite common, these gossips turn to be powerful tools for defamation in specific social and political contexts.
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Émilie Stoll. Qui est le grand méchant loup ? : transformations nocturnes effrayantes et identification de l’inceste en Amazonie. Cahiers d'anthropologie sociale, 2017, pp.18-38. ⟨L'Herne⟩. ⟨halshs-01837254⟩

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