Andean Cosmologies Through Time

Andean Cosmologies Through Time : Persistence and Emergence

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Concerned with Andean cosmology, both as the manifestation of a system of belief and as a way of thinking or worldview that orders the social environment, this volume advances an explanation of why Andean indigenous communities are still recognizably Andean after a half-millennium of forced exposure to Western systems of thought and belief. Dealing with cultural authenticity in an Andean context, the essays describe a process facilitated by a cosmology which readily integrates the accoutrements of non-Andean and other Andean influences into a given Andean community. At issue is not so much what is authentic but, rather, how it is perceived to be authentic and how it is so maintained. The nine authors explore a model in which a consistent and persistent cosmological discourse leads, not to an emergent social order, but to a social order which continually emerges as a peculiarly Andean more

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 161.8 x 237 x 26.4mm | 594.22g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 54ill.
  • 0253318157
  • 9780253318152

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Robert V.H. Dover Inca Cosmos in Andean Context: From the Perspective of the Capac Raymi Camay Quilla Feast Celebrating the December Solstice in Cuzco: R. Tom Zuidema Water Ideology in Inca Ethnogenesis: Jeanette E. Sherbondy Catechisms and Confessionarios: Distorting Mirrors of Andean Societies: Monica Barnes Exemplary Ancestors and Pernicious Spirits: Sibundoy Concepts of Culture Evolution: John H. McDowell Inside/Outside, Which Side Counts? Duality-of-self adn Bipartization in Quechua: Lawrence K. Carpenter Shaman versus Nurse in an Aymara Village: Traditional and Modern Medicine in Conflict: Joseph W. Bastien Textiles and Cosmology in Choquecancha, Cuzco, Peru: Katharine E. Seibold Reinvented Tradition: The Heraldry of Ethnic Militancy in the Colombian Andes: Joanne Rappaport Communalism and Defferentiation in an Andean Community: Gary Urton Contributors Indexshow more