Ritual Encounters

Ritual Encounters : Otavalan Modern and Mythic Community

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This book examines ritual practices and public festivals in the Otavalo and Cotacachi areas of northern Andean Ecuador's Imbabura province. Otavalenos are a unique group in that they maintain their traditional identity but also cultivate a cosmopolitanism through frequent international travel. Rituals have persisted among this ethnic community as important processes for symbolically capturing and critically assessing cultural changes in the face of modern influences. Ritual Encounters thus offers an appreciation of the modern and mythic community as a single and emergent condition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252076036
  • 9780252076039

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"Ritual Encounters offers a richly textured reading of core Otavalan ritual performances and the cosmological discourse that sustains them."--Journal of Folklore Research "An important addition to the literature on Andean ethnography and the anthropology of ritual."--Latin American Music Review "An intelligent and welcome book."--Anthropology Review Database
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About Michelle Wibbelsman

Michelle Wibbelsman is a research fellow at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and an adjunct professor of anthropology at St. Edward's University.
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