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By Rane Willerslev

This is an insightful, hugely unique ethnographic interpretation of the looking lifetime of the Yukaghirs, a little-known team of indigenous humans within the higher Kolyma zone of northeastern Siberia. Basing his learn on firsthand event with Yukaghir hunters, Rane Willerslev makes a speciality of the sensible implications of dwelling in a "hall-of-mirrors" world—one inhabited by way of people, animals, and spirits, all of whom are understood to be never-ending mimetic doubles of each other. during this global people inhabit a betwixt-and-between nation within which their souls are either substance and nonsubstance, either physique and soul, either their very own person selves and reincarnated others. Hunters are hence either human and the animals they imitate, which forces them to lead a classy path among the power to go beyond distinction and the need of protecting identity.

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