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Ritual Encounters
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This book examines ritual practices and public festivals in the Otavalo and Cotacachi areas of northern Andean Ecuador's Imbabura province. Otavaleños are a unique group in that they maintain their traditional identity but also cultivate a cosmopolitanism through frequent international travel. Rituals have persisted among this ethnic community as important processes for symbolically capturing and critically assessing cultural changes in the face of modern influences. Ritual Encounters thus offers an appreciation of the modern and mythic community as a single and emergent condition.

Table of Contents

  1. front cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Note on Orthography
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Introduction: Otavaleños at the Crossroads
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. Uku Pacha--The World Below
  2. pp. 27-47
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  1. 2. Return of the Migrants
  2. pp. 48-71
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  1. 3. Encuentros: Dances of the Inti Raymi
  2. pp. 72-95
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  1. 4. Mythico-Religious Encounters--The Clash of Aciales
  2. pp. 96-111
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  1. 5. Conversations with the Dead
  2. pp. 112-138
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  1. 6. Stations of the Cross: The Eternal Return to Existence and Hence to Suffering
  2. pp. 139-154
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  1. Conclusion: Threshold People of Imbabura
  2. pp. 155-156
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  1. Appendix 1: Glossary of Quichua and Spanish Words and Acronyms
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Appendix 2: Calendar of Festive Rituals in the Imbabura Area
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-178
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  1. References
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. back cover
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