Magical Death

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Magical Death
Directed by Napoleon Chagnon and Tim Asch
Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources
Release date
1973
Running time
29 min.
Country United States
Language English

Magical Death is a documentary film by anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon that explores the role of the shaman within the Yanomamo culture, as well as the close relationship shamanism shares with politics within their society.

Chagnon and frequent collaborator Tim Asch allegedly disputed over the content of the film when Asch objected to its graphic depictions of the Yanomami engaging in symbolic death and cannibalism.[1]

The film was awarded the American Film Festival Blue Ribbon.

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  1. ^ http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2000/09/28/yanomamo/index.html