6083 - Speaking To and Hearing From the "Owners of Water" in Central Peru

This paper presents an ethnographic-archaeological analogy based on long study in two communities in central highland Peru. One is Tupicocha, scene of the 1608 Quechua manuscript of Huarochirí, in which communication with landscape forms a central theme of ritual practice. Some of these practices, and the perceived actions of the divinities whose bodies are land features, are ethnographically observable today. The other is Rapaz, the only known community to possess a currently active temple to landscape deities. Its activities. Its temple (Kaha Wayi) executes offerings to and receives communications from the surrounding sacred peaks (jirka) considered “owners” of weather and water. From a “lifeworlds” viewpoint, both communities take the agency of land features as axiomatic. To some degree, their practices may have ethnoarchaeological relevance.

Palabras claves: Andes, Peru, ritual, landscape, phenomenology

Autores: Salomon, Frank (University of Wisconsin, USA, Ud States of Am / USA)


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