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Non-Humans in Amerindian South America: Ethnographies of Indigenous Cosmologies, Rituals and Songs

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Non-Humans in Amerindian South America

Ethnographies of Indigenous Cosmologies, Rituals and Songs

Edited by Juan Javier Rivera Andía

378 pages, 24 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-097-3 $140.00/£100.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2018)

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Drawing on fieldwork from diverse Amerindian societies whose lives and worlds are undergoing processes of transformation, adaptation, and deterioration, this volume offers new insights into the indigenous constitutions of humanity, personhood, and environment characteristic of the South American highlands and lowlands. The resulting ethnographies – depicting non-human entities emerging in ritual, oral tradition, cosmology, shamanism and music – explore the conditions and effects of unequally ranked life forms, increased extraction of resources, continuous migration to urban centers, and the (usually) forced incorporation of current expressions of modernity into indigenous societies.

Juan Javier Rivera Andía is an anthropologist. He has carried out research at various international research centres in Europe, and has published widely on contemporary Andean Quechua indigenous worlds.

Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area: Latin America


List of Illustrations
List of Figures


Introduction: Towards Engaged Ontographies of Animist Developments in Amerindian South America
Juan Javier Rivera Andía


Chapter 1. On The Wings of Inspiration: Ritual Efficacy, Dancing Flamingos and Divine Mediation Among Pastoralists and Herd Animals in Isluga, Chile
Penelope Dransart

Chapter 2. Southern Sacrifice and Northern Sorcery: Mountain Spirits and Encantos in the Peruvian Andes
Marieka Sax

Chapter 3. Marking Out the Bounds of Humanity in Tsachila Ritual
Montserrat Ventura I Oller

Chapter 4. Losing Part of Oneself: Channels of Communication Between Humans and Non-Humans Revealed by a Therapeutic Treatment of Terror Illness Called Susto (Andean Foothills of Apolo in Bolivia)
Francis Ferrié


Chapter 5. The Inkas Still Exist in the Ucayali Valley or What Can We Learn from Songs
Bernd Brabec de Mori

Chapter 6. On Quechua Relatedness to Contemporary and Ancient Dead
Guillermo Salas Carreño

Chapter 7. “I’m Crying for the Beautiful Skin of the Jaguar”: Laments, Non-Humans and Conviviality Among the Ayoreo of the Northern Chaco
Alfonso Otaegui

Chapter 8. Substantiated Wealth: Morality, Local Economy and the Body in Indigenous Amazonia
Minna Opas


Chapter 9. Signifying Others: The Musical Management of Social Differences in Amazonia
Jonathan Hill

Chapter 10. Inventing a New Verbal Art from Traditional Issues: The Evangelical Songs of the Suruí of Rondônia
Cédric Yvinec

Chapter 11. Prosperity and the Flow of Vital Substances: Relating to Earth Beings in Processes of Mobility in the Southern Peruvian Andes
Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard

Epilogue: The Wild Boar is Out Again and Knows Better than the Jaguar
Mark Münzel


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