Asháninka Messianism

The Production of a 'Black Hole' in Western Amazonian Ethnography

Hanne Veber

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    Udgivelsesdato: April
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftCurrent Anthropology
    Vol/bind44
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)183-211
    Antal sider29
    ISSN0011-3204
    StatusUdgivet - 2003

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    Asháninka Messianism : The Production of a 'Black Hole' in Western Amazonian Ethnography. / Veber, Hanne.

    I: Current Anthropology, Bind 44, Nr. 3, 2003, s. 183-211.

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