Princeton University Library Catalog

Jews of the Amazon : self-exile in earthly paradise / by Ariel Segal.

Author:
Segal Freilich, Ariel, 1965- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 1999.
Description:
xxiii, 341 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
  • "Jews of the Amazon, a fascinating look at a unique community in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, contributes more thought to the ongoing debate of "who is a Jew?" The author, a Jewish historian and writer born in Venezuela, spent four months living in one of the most isolated cities in history, Iquitos, Peru. There he studied "Jewish mestizos," the descendants of native Amazonian women and Jewish fortune-seekers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."--BOOK JACKET.
  • "Segal documents the community's beliefs, practices, and culture, and how the assimilation of Catholic missionary and local Amazonian culture has affected the very notion of Jewish identity for these people."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-330) and index.
Contents:
1. The Amazon and Iquitos: Center or Periphery? -- 2. Leon Pinelo's Realms: Jews in Lima and Iquitos -- 3. The Religion of the "Jewish Mestizos" -- 4. Jewishness in Lima and Iquitos -- 5. The "Jewish Mestizos": A "Marranic" Remnant of Israel -- 6. When Lima Met Iquitos -- 7. Inter- and Intra-Views -- 8. The Researcher as Protagonist -- 9. Conclusions: Retracing the Steps.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
0827606699
LCCN:
99010894
OCLC:
40654738
RCP:
C - S