Supernatural as a Western Category


  • Benson Saler

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      is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. He has carried out field work among Quiche in Guatemala and Guajiro in Colombia and Venezuela.

  • I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to Drs. Alexander Altmann, William A. Johnson, and Douglas J. Stewart for their critical comments on an early draft of this paper. I am also grateful to Dr. Owsei Temkin for a stimulating discussion of the development of notions about magic and medicine as they relate to ideas about “nature” and “the natural.”