Andean Cosmologies through Time

Andean Cosmologies through Time

Persistence and Emergence
Robert V. H. Dover, Katherine E. Seibold, John H. McDowell, editors
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/1/1992
Format: cloth 0 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-31815-2
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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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