An Ethnography of Feeding, Perception, and Place in the Peruvian Andes: Where Hungry Spirits Bring Illness and Wellbeing
By: Marieka Sax (author)Hardback
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This ethnographic study proposes that an Andean "idiom of feeding" is enacted in a variety of everyday and ritual contexts so as to establish relationships, advance agricultural and market-based livelihoods, drive production onwards, and restore health and wellbeing. In the Andes, feeding is much more than the simple offering of food and drink. Andean people ritually feed place-based powers who oversee their agricultural productivity and general wellbeing; householders offer fieldworkers meals and refreshment in exchange for their labour; individuals fall ill to malicious spirits who require payments to satisfy their hunger; community members feed each other so as to establish, acknowledge, and maintain social relationships; and, virtually every important Andean celebration is accompanied by the overabundant provision of food and drink. At the same time, feeding draws Andean people into bodily and embodied relationships with not only social others, but also the places that they inhabit. In this cultural context, acts of feeding and their accompanying concerns offer a window onto the Andean experiential reality or life-world.
This work will appeal to scholars in anthropology, Latin American studies, food studies, religion, cultural geography, and phenomenology.
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