Magical Writing In Salasaca: Literacy And Power In Highland Ecuador, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Magical Writing In Salasaca

Literacy And Power In Highland Ecuador, 1st Edition

By Peter Wogan


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This engaging case study of Salasaca, a village in highland Ecuador, examines indigenous beliefs about writing, such as Day of the Dead name lists, comparisons with weaving, and a witch who kills people listed in his book of names. Magical Writing in Salasaca demonstrates that these beliefs reflect extensive contact with birth certificates, baptism

Table of Contents

1 Introduction -- 2 Witchcraft and Writing -- 3 Sources of Magical Beliefs -- 4 God's Book -- 5 The Day of the Dead -- 6 Weaving and Writing -- 7 Conclusion

About the Author

Peter Wogan is assistant professor of anthropology at Willamette University.

Subject Categories

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