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La fabrique des entités : récits sur l’enchantement d’un riverain extraordinaire en Amazonie brésilienne

Abstract : Cobra Honorato myth is widely spread in the Brazilian Amazon. Although the story may include multiple versions, it is mainly about the adventures of twin children born from the intercourse between a woman and a subaquatic being. As a consequence, Honorato and his sister were born in the shape of giant anaconda snakes. In Santarém rural area (Lower Amazon), this story informs the narratives about the life and trajectory of remarkable people (such as deceased healers). While they recount these stories, the riverine peasants of the Amazon reconstitute a meshwork based on kinship, insisting on its spatial, historical and sociological aspects. I will demonstrate how such actualisations of this specific mythic story attend to micro-sociological issues, and enable us to learn more about historical power and domination relations within the Amazonian dwellers in this region.
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Émilie Stoll. La fabrique des entités : récits sur l’enchantement d’un riverain extraordinaire en Amazonie brésilienne. Cahiers de Littérature Orale, Presses de l'Inalco, 2016, Des vies extraordinaires : les territoires du récit, pp.23-50. ⟨10.4000/clo.2792⟩. ⟨halshs-01837880⟩

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