WayapĂ­

WayapĂ­ – An Amazonian indigenous people. Alan Campbell’s ethnography is particularly interested in the Wayapí’s use of the term payĂ©, which, though roughly cognate with piya (a term for shamans elsewhere in the region), acts as a verb or adjective rather than a noun. That is, there are no “shamans” among the WayapĂ­, but anyone can access, utilize, and be affected by powers that can be called “shamanistic.” Similarly, any person (human or other-than-human in this animist community) can be “very shamanistic” or only “slightly shamanistic.”

SOURCE:

Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis 2007

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