Author: Stefan Solomon

Rite of Passage: Renée Nader Messora and Joāo Salaviza’s “The Dead and the Others”

In the cosmologies of indigenous Brazilian societies, the shaman occupies a privileged position, standing as a vector connecting the living with the dead, human with non-human worlds. For the Krahô people who inhabit the northeast area of the state of Tocantins, the shaman is unique in his ability to sense the presence of mecarõ (spirits), to cure sickness, and to place curses upon his enemies. In Renée Nader Messora and João Salaviza’s Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner The Dead and the Others (2018), we meet a young Krahô man, Ihjãc (Henrique Ihjãc Krahô), on his way to...

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