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Who’s Afraid of the Younger Brother? Ritual Recuperation and Relational Prioritization in Recent Andoque History (Northwest Amazonia, Colombia), Eliran Arazi (EHESS/Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Séminaire de l'EREA

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Vendredi 04 Février 2022 15:30 - 17:30
Salle 308F du LESC (3e étage)
MSH Mondes (bât. Ginouvès)
21, allée de l’Université, Nanterre

Présentation

Séminaire Arazi 2Resembling ritual specialization and correspondences between ceremonial careers and siblings’ birth order among neighboring “People of the Center” of the Caquetá-Putumayo interfluve, the Andoque have at present two ritual careers: “red” (peo’si) and “white” (pofio). Like that other peoples in the region, the Andoque’s demographic and territorial recuperation after the genocide perpetrated by the Anglo-Peruvian Rubber Company (or Casa Arana) in the first decades of the twentieth century, was fueled by the reconstruction of their ritual system from 1930s onwards. Many of the ritual and political modifications these peoples actively introduced into their societies are referred to emically as a transition from a “basket of darkness” to a “basket of life,” a rejection of cannibal practices and sorcery which is usually interpreted in research as connected with the construction of a peaceful pluri-ethnic society (Echeverri 2010; Lucas 2019). However, in the Andoque case, the ritual career which is being prioritized is the red, aggressive one, while the white one, considered peaceful by many, is downplayed, and its rituals are neglected, even feared.

In this presentation I will explain this apparent contradiction by examining the red/white division as a particular manifestation of the tension found throughout Northwest Amazonia between vertical and horizontal shamanism (Hugh-Jones 1994). Through an overview of the main Andoque rituals, the myths on which they are based and the relational realities that they seek to enact, I propose a reconstruction of the ways in which historical, economic, and political circumstances have contributed to the objectification and institutionalization of the two ideal types of shamanism and how they have shaped the current dynamics between the two ritual careers. In this way, the present-day marginalization of the white career positions the regional post-genocide recuperation process within the context of shifting modes of relations between human and nonhuman beings.

 

 

 

 


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