The Archaeology of Wak'as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes
Editor(s): Tamara Bray
In this edited volume, Andean wak'as—idols, statues, sacred places, images, and oratories—play a central role in understanding Andean social philosophies, cosmologies, materialities, temporalities, and constructions of personhood. Top Andean scholars from a variety of disciplines cross regional, theoretical, and material boundaries in their chapters, offering innovative methods and theoretical frameworks for interpreting the cultural particulars of Andean ontologies and notions of the sacred.
Wak'as were understood as agentive, nonhuman persons within many Andean communities and were fundamental to conceptions of place, alimentation, fertility, identity, and memory and the political construction of ecology and life cycles. The ethnohistoric record indicates that wak'as were thought to speak, hear, and communicate, both among themselves and with humans. In their capacity as nonhuman persons, they shared familial relations with members of the community, for instance, young women were wed to local wak'as made of stone and wak'as had sons and daughters who were identified as the mummified remains of the community's revered ancestors.
Integrating linguistic, ethnohistoric, ethnographic, and archaeological data, The Archaeology of Wak'as advances our understanding of the nature and culture of wak'as and contributes to the larger theoretical discussions on the meaning and role of "the sacred" in ancient contexts.
This resource is a sample of "The Archaeology of Wak'as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.
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The Archaeology of Wak'as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes. Tamara Bray. 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303: University Press of Colorado. 2015 ( tDAR id: 399138) ; doi:10.6067/XCV828095V
Alternative Configurations of Persons • Andean Animism • Andean Sacred • Andean Wak'as • Animistic Ecology • Catequil • Human-Lithic Encounters • Inka Heartland • Inka Syncretic Deity • Monoliths • Pachacamac • sacred landscape • Tombs • Ushnu Platforms
min long: -87.363; min lat: -40.847 ; max long: -51.328; max lat: 2.46 ;
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Contributor(s): Catherine J. Allen ; Tamara Bray ; Zachary Chase ; Anita G. Cook ; Carolyn Dean ; John W. Janusek ; Steve Kosiba ; Krzysztof Makowski ; Bruce Mannheim ; Colin McEwan ; Frank M. Meddens ; Guillermo Salas Carreño ; John R. Topic
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General Note: This resource is a sample of "The Archaeology of Wak'as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.
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