Wibbelsman, Michelle C.. Rimarishpa Kausanchik: dialogical encounters: festive ritual practices and the making of the Otavalan moral and mythic community

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Ritual Seasons And Festival Complexes

Ritual Practices In Modern Otavalan Context

Historical And Geographic Background

Otavaleños Today

The Challenges Of Defining Ritual


Chapter 2: Geography Of The Crossroads: Physical And Metaphysical Coordinates Of Imbabura Province, Ecuador

Chapter Synopsis

The Unfolding And Collapsing Nature Of Place

Carrefours Dangereux 13

The Intersection Of Dramatic Spaces

El Lechero: Sign Post At The Cosmic Intersection

Rimarishpa, Rimarishpa Kausanchik

Horizontal Complementarity In The Andean Universe



Chapter 3: Return Of The Migrants

Chapter Synopsis

Myth Of The Eternal Return

Carnaval Indígena—pawkar Raymi, Peguche

Six Degrees Of Separation 4

El Deporte Une Pueblos

Elite Sports

Collaborative Imagination—peguche's Trademark

Envidia: Symbolic Capital Inverted 20

Conclusion: Sports Fever And Religious Fervor


Chapter 4: Encuentros

Chapter Synopsis

Part I: Inter-ethnic Identities Expressed In Festival Dance And Costume

San Juan-cotacachi

Tomas: Acts Of Possession

Symbolism Of Festival Costumes

Military Theme In Costume

New Symbolism Of Authority

Part Ii: Intra-ethnic Identities In Formation

Indigenous Power: Performances Of Unity, Community, And Diversity


Amarushina Tupari—the Traveling Festival 23

La Víspera

A Moveable Feast


Chapter 5: Mythico-religious Encounters

Chapter Synopsis

Centripetal Force


Two Moments Of Ritual Violence

Conceptions Of Violence

Violent Rituals And Conflict Management

Failed Ritual, Meaningful Death, And The Power Of Discourse

Conclusion: Self-referential Runa Identities


Chapter 6: Conversations With The Dead

Chapter Synopsis

Days Of The Dead

Gendered Spaces

Pantheon Of Souls

Runa Conceptions Of Illness And Death


Giving To The Orphaned And The Poor In Everyday Context

Feeding The Souls: Charity In Ritual Context

Runa Afterlife: Parallel Worlds

“embedded” Economies: Food As Mediator Of Social Relations 27

Socializing And Status In The Public Space Of El Panteón

The Segregated Space Of The Cemetery

Kitchen Philosophy

Chapter Postscript


Chapter 7: Transmigration: The Eternal Return To Existence And Hence To Suffering 1

Chapter Spnopsis

Festival Of Memory

Shinallata Kausanchik: Embodied Memory And Performance As Lived Experience

Semana Santa: Politics As Usual

The Stations Of The Cross: Expediency And Performance In Urban Context

Walking With Jesus

Two Crucifixions In Juxtaposition

The Moral Community

The Political Community

Threshold People Of Imbabura


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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Rimarishpa Kausanchik: dialogical encounters: festive ritual practices and the making of the Otavalan moral and mythic community

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: ProQuest Information and Learning Company. 2004 [2007 copy]. xxii, 292 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Michelle C. Wibbelsman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Otavalo Quichua (SD16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Organized ceremonial (796); Cult of the dead (769); Ritual (788); Brawls, riots, and banditry (579); Cosmology (772); Cultural revitalization and ethnogenesis (1710); Ethnogeography (823); Social relationships and groups (571);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this doctoral dissertation the author examines ritual and festival practices not as periodic interruptions in daily life but as integral, ongoing processes of social engagement that aid in comprehending, negotiating and managing inevitable upheavals in culture and identity caused by physical relocation of segments of the population in an increasingly transnational socioeconomic system.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. sd16-003

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: UMI 3153461 Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2004 Includes bibliographical references (p. 256-271)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 2000-2001

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Leon G. Doyon ; 2009

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1995-2004

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Cantons of Otavalo and Cotacachi, Imbabura Province, Ecuador

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Otavalo Indians


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