Rituals of Respect The Secret of Survival in the High Peruvian Andes

ISBN-10: 029270867X
ISBN-13: 9780292708679
Edition: 1998
Authors: Inge Bolin
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 311
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

"Bolin makes this story accessible to a more general reader, with an almost novelistic eye for detail, and without sacrificing scholarly depth....Both experts and lay readers can be pleased with the result." Johnny Payne, Founder and Director, Summer Intensive Program in Andean Studies in Cusco, Northwestern University "In the remoteness of their mountain retreat, the herders of Chillihuani, Peru, recognize that respect for others is the central and most significant element of all thought and action," observes Inge Bolin. "Without respect, no society, no civilization, can flourish for long. Without respect, humanity is doomed and so is the earth, sustainer of all life." In this beautifully written ethnography, Bolin describes the rituals of respect that maintain harmonious relations among people, the natural world, and the realm of the gods in an isolated Andean community of llama and alpaca herders that reaches up to 16,500 feet. Bolin was the first foreigner to visit Chillihuani, and she was permitted to participate in private family rituals, as well as public ceremonies. In turn, she allows the villagers to explain the meaning of their rituals in their own words. From these first-hand experiences, Bolin offers an intimate portrait of an annual ritual cycle that dates back to Inca and pre-Inca times, including the ancient Pukllay; weddings; the Fiesta de Santiago, with its horse races on the top of the world; and Peru's Independence Day, when the Rituals of Respect for elders and young people alike are carried out within male and female hierarchies reminiscent of Inca times.

Inge Bolin is a Research Associate in Anthropology at Malaspina University College in British Columbia, Canada.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fieldwork
Central Ideas of the Book
Ascent to the Realm of the Apus
Suyay Ch'isin-a Night of Secret Rituals
Thunder God and Sacrifice
Fertility Rites in the Muyukancha
Pukllay Martes-the Incas Invite
Survival Today and a Look into the Past
Munanakuy - Falling in Love
Rimanakuy - a Wedding Andean Style
Casarakuy
La Fiesta de Santiago
Qespisqa P'unchay - Independence Day in Tawantinsuyu
Metaphors or Reality - Visions from the Past
Waqraqocha
Tragedy and Triumph - Chillihuani Will Call Forever
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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