Amerindian Socio-Cosmologies between the Andes, Amazonia and Mesoamerica: Toward an Anthropological Understanding of the Isthmo-Colombian Area, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Amerindian Socio-Cosmologies between the Andes, Amazonia and Mesoamerica

Toward an Anthropological Understanding of the Isthmo-Colombian Area, 1st Edition

Edited by Ernst Halbmayer


384 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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This book offers a new anthropological understanding of the socio-cosmological and ontological characteristics of the Isthmo-Colombian Area, beyond established theories for Amazonia, the Andes and Mesoamerica. It focuses on a core region that has been largely neglected by comparative anthropology in recent decades. Centering on relations between Chibchan groups and their neighbors, the contributions consider prevailing socio-cosmological principles and their relationship to Amazonian animism and Mesoamerican and Andean analogism. Classical notions of area homogeneity are reconsidered and the book formulates an overarching proposal for how to make sense of the heterogeneity of the region’s indigenous groups. Drawing on original fieldwork and comparative analysis, the volume provides a valuable anthropological addition to archaeological and linguistic knowledge of the Isthmo-Colombian Area.

Table of Contents

The Isthmo-Colombian Area in Context

  1. Introduction: Toward an Anthropological Understanding of the Area between the Andes, Mesoamerica, and the Amazon
  2. Ernst Halbmayer

    Conceptualizing the Isthmo-Colombian Area from a regional comparative perspective

  3. An Amerindian Humanism: Order and Transformation in Chibchan Universes
  4. Juan Camillo Niño Vargas

  5. Languages of the Isthmo-Colombian Area and its Southeastern Borderland: Chibchan, Chocoan, Yukpa, and Wayuunaiki
  6. Matthias Pache, Colette Grinevald and Sergio Meira

  7. Kinship, Clanship, and Hierarchy in the Isthmo-Colombian Area
  8. Ernst Halbmayer

  9. Between Mesoamerica, the Central Andes, and Amazonia: Area Conceptions, Chronologies, and History
  10. Ernst Halbmayer and Christiane Clados

  11. The Golden Ones: The Human Body as Reflective Metallic Surface in the Isthmo-Colombian Area
  12. Christiane Clados

    Case studies: Change and continuity in shamanic and priestly practices and the conception of things, humans, plants and animals

  13. Parents who own lives: relations and persons among a Chibchan group in Colombia
  14. Jose Arenas Gómez

  15. Tuwancha, "the One Who Knows": Specialists and Specialized Knowledge in Transhuman Communication among the Sokorpa Yukpa of the Serranía del Perijá, Colombia
  16. Anne Goletz

  17. The Wounaan haaihí jëeu nʌm ritual with the k′ugwiu: reinforcing benevolence and preventing calamity
  18. Chindío Peña Ismare, Julia Velásquez Runk, Rito Ismare Peña and Chenier Carpio Opua

  19. Things, Life, and Humans in Gunayala (Panama): Talking about Molas and Nuchus inside and outside Guna Society
  20. Mònica Martínez Mauri

  21. Plant Ontologies among the Bribri of Talamanca, Costa Rica
  22. Schabnam Kaviany

  23. The place of livestock in human-nonhuman relationship among the Wayuu
  24. Alessandro Mancuso

  25. Murderous Spirits: Shamanic Interpretation of Armed Violence, Suicide, and Exhumation in the Economy of Death of the Emberá (Chocó, Antioquia, Colombia)

Anne-Marie Losonczy

About the Editor

Ernst Halbmayer is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Comparative Cultural Research, University of Marburg, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General