Andean cosmologies through time: persistence and emergence

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Indiana University Press, 1992 - History - 274 pages
Concerned with Andean cosmology both as the manifestation of a system of belief and as a way of thinking or worldview that orders the social environment, this volume advances an explanation of why Andean indigenous communities are still recognizably Andean after a half-millennium of forced exposure to Western systems of thought and belief. Dealing with cultural authenticity in an Andean context, the essays describe a process facilitated by a cosmology which readily integrates the accoutrements of non-Andean community. At issue is not so much what is authentic but, rather, how it is perceived to be authentic and how it is so maintained. The nine authors explore a model in which a consistent and persistent cosmological discourse leads, not to an emergent social order, but to a social order which continually emerges as a peculiarly Andean phenomenon.

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Dover is a Ph.d. candidate in folklore at Indiana University.

Seibold is assistant professor of anthropology at Idaho State University. She is a professional weaver and photographer.

JOHN H. MCDOWELL, a professor of folklore, director of the Folklore Institute, and chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, is the author of "So Wise Were Our Elders": Mythic Narratives of the Kamsa, Sayings of the Ancestors: The Spiritual Life of the Sibundoy Indians, and Children's Riddling, for which he won the Chicago Folklore Prize".