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Magical Writing In Salasaca : Literacy And Power In Highland Ecuador - Peter Wogan

Magical Writing In Salasaca

Literacy And Power In Highland Ecuador

Paperback Published: 31st July 2003
ISBN: 9780813341514
Number Of Pages: 192

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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 records, and other church and state documents. Wogan's inquiry into the place of literacy in the Salasacas' worldview provides a nuanced look at the power relations between elites and nonelite villagers, at the same time that it imparts an empathetic understanding of alternative ways of viewing ostensibly familiar aspects of the world. Magical Writing in Salasaca will appeal to anyone interested in anthropology, literacy, power, or Latin America.

Series Editor Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 1
Ethnic Conflictp. 7
Fieldwork and Friendshipsp. 16
Witchcraft and Writingp. 27
The Witch and His Bookp. 27
Personal Encounter with the Witchp. 31
Why Hire San Gonzalo?p. 35
Commentary on Conflictp. 38
Sources of Magical Beliefsp. 49
Sources for Beliefs in Magical Writingp. 49
Tribute and Taxesp. 58
Land Titles and Censusesp. 60
Church Literacy and Educationp. 62
Theoretical Contextp. 64
God's Bookp. 75
Returning from the Deadp. 79
Images of Surveillancep. 85
Commentary on Power and Genderp. 90
The Day of the Deadp. 97
Cooling Off the Dead Soulsp. 98
Appropriating Church Powerp. 100
Patterns of Appropriationp. 104
Magical Writing in Comparative Perspectivep. 108
Weaving and Writingp. 117
Salasaca Comparisons Between Weaving and Writingp. 119
Europeans/North Americans and Writingp. 127
A Tourist Pamphletp. 131
Stereotypesp. 134
Conclusionp. 145
Referencesp. 153
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780813341514
ISBN-10: 0813341515
Series: Westview Case Studies in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 31st July 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 14.83  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1