Rituals Of Respect / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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What People Are Saying

Johnny Payne
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
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
Johnny Payne

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)

Johnny Payne
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. Founder and Director, Summer Intensive Program in Andean Studies in Cusco. Northwestern University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292708679
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,298,734
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Inge Bolin is University College Professor in Anthropology at Malaspina University College in British Columbia, Canada.
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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 alpace 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 in 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 of Santiago, with its horse races on 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Fieldwork
Central Ideas of the Book
1. Ascent to the Realm of the Apus
Walking an Ancient Trail
The Cave of the Ancestors
Chillihuani at Last
2. Suyay Ch'isin--a Night of Secret Rituals
Now We Will Begin!
Ruphasqa Haywa--an Offering to Burn
3. Thunder God and Sacrifice
Illapa, a Tripartite God
The Thunder God's Dual Forces
Qhaqya, Shamans, and Metaphor
Arpay--a Sacrifice to the Gods
Llamas and Alpacas between the Earth and the Sky
4. Fertility Rites in the Muyukancha
Uywa T'ikarishian--a Flourishing Herd
The Quest for Survival
5. Pukllay Martes--the Incas Invite
Ancient Tunes on Capillapampa
Taki Tusuy--Song and Dance
Yawar Mayu--Why Must the Blood Flow?
6. Survival Today and a Look into the Past
Tinkuy--Confirming the Rules of Life
Opposition or Solidarity? What Lies behind the Yawar Mayu?
7. Munanakuy--Falling in Love
The Dance of Love at Tusuna Q'asa Pata
Suwanakuy--a Nostalgic Tale
8. Rimanakuy--a Wedding Andean Style
Names and Kinship Rules
The Sharing of Tasks
Balance, Harmony, and Equality--Now and in the Past
9. Casarakuy
Symbolic Configurations and Ritual Transformation
Taking an Eternal Oath
A Pilgrimage of Joy and Peril
Hospitality on the Roof of the World
Secret Rituals in the Qolqa
Arpay and Surun Pakay--Sacrifice and Burial of the Enqaychu
The Third Day--a Closer Look at the Blackfaces
Yana Uyakuna and Ukukus--Andean Cosmology Comes to Life
10. La Fiesta de Santiago
The Day of the Horse--an Offering to the Thunder God
11. Qespisqa P'unchay--Independence Day in Tawantinsuyu
Celebrating Ancient Ways on July 28
A Timeless Balance--Gender Complementarity Now and in thePast
The Pre-Columbian Cross Comes Alive on Qespisqa P'unchay
12. Metaphors or Reality--Visions from the Past
About the Origins of Chillihuani
Hunger, Death, and Resurrection
Llaqtayoq Mach'aqway--Village of the Great Snake
13. Waqraqocha
Ascent to the Eyes of the Mountain
14. Tragedy and Triumph--Chillihuani Will Call Forever
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