Kallawaya Language

Kallawaya Language

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Kallawaya, also Callahuaya or Callawalla is an endangered, secret, mixed language in Bolivia. It is spoken by the Kallawaya people, a group of traditional itinerant healers in the Andes in their medicinal healing practice. Kallawaya is a mixed language. The grammar is partially Quechua in morphology, but most of its words are from either unknown sources or from an otherwise extinct language family, Pukina. Pukina was abandoned in favor of Quechua, Aymara, and Spanish. Kallawaya is also a secret language, passed only by father to son, or grandfather to grandson, or rarely, to daughters if a practitioner has no sons. It is not used in normal family dialogue. Although its use is primarily ritual, used secretly for initiated men, Kallawaya may be a part of everyday conversation between those familiar with it.show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • Chrono Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136759152
  • 9786136759159