Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo. The sacred mountain of Colombia's Kogi Indians

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Title: The sacred mountain of Colombia's Kogi Indians

Published By: Leiden ; New York: E.J. Brill, 1990. ix, 38 p., [48] p. of plates: ill.

By line: by G. Reichel-Dolmatoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Kogi (SC07)

Subjects: Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Woven and other interworked fabrics (286); Religious and educational structures (346); Cosmology (772); Priesthood (793); Ideas about nature and people (820);

Abstract: This book on the religious symbolism of the Kogi Indians includes an introductory text and eighty photographs. The archtypal symbol of Kogi religion is a St. Andrews cross, which owes its significance to the stabilizing cross-sticks of a loom. Weaving is considerd the eminent social act, a 'moral discipline of the highest order,' producing the 'fabric of life.' The sun itself weaves 'the great fabric of life' in the course of a year. The cross symbol permeates Kogi culture and is found in ritual gestures, tillage patterns, the lashings in house construction, geographical landmarks, and the wearing of carrying bags across the shoulders. The book also includes discussion of Kogi cosmology, conception of time and space, training of priests and coca chewing.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: sc07-008

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. vii-ix) and index

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Sierra Nevada, Colombia

LCSH: Kagaba Indians


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