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Rituals of the Past explores the various approaches archaeologists use to identify ritual in the material record and discusses the influence ritual had on the formation, reproduction, and transformation of community life in past Andean societies. A diverse group of established and rising scholars from across the globe investigates how ritual influenced, permeated, and altered political authority, economic production, shamanic practice, landscape cognition, and religion in the Andes over a period of three thousand years.

Contributors deal with theoretical and methodological concerns including non-human and human agency; the development and maintenance of political and religious authority, ideology, cosmologies, and social memory; and relationships with ritual action. The authors use a diverse array of archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistic data and historical documents to demonstrate the role ritual played in prehispanic, colonial, and post-colonial Andean societies throughout the regions of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. By providing a diachronic and widely regional perspective, Rituals of the Past shows how ritual is vital to understanding many aspects of the formation, reproduction, and change of past lifeways in Andean societies.

Contributors: Sarah Abraham, Carlos Angiorama, Florencia Avila, Camila Capriata Estrada, David Chicoine, Daniel Contreras, Matthew Edwards, Francesca Fernandini, Matthew Helmer, Hugo Ikehara, Enrique Lopez-Hurtado, Jerry Moore, Axel Nielsen, Yoshio Onuki, John Rick, Mario Ruales, Koichiro Shibata, Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Rafael Vega-Centeno, Verity Whalen

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. An Archaeology of Rituals
  2. Silvana A. Rosenfeld, Stefanie L. Bautista
  3. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. The Nature of Ritual Space at Chavín de Huántar
  2. John W. Rick
  3. pp. 21-50
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  1. 3. Not Just a Pyramid Scheme?: Diversity in Ritual Architecture at Chavín de Huántar
  2. Daniel A. Contreras
  3. pp. 51-78
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  1. 4. From Ritual to Ideology: Ritual Activity and Artistic Representations in the Northern Highlands of Peru in the Formative Period
  2. Yoshio Onuki
  3. pp. 79-102
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  1. 5. Architecture and Ritual Practices at Huaca A of Pampa de las Llamas–Moxeke
  2. Rafael Vega-Centeno Sara-Lafosse
  3. pp. 103-122
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  1. 6. Territoriality, Monumentality, and Religion in Formative Period Nepeña, Coastal Ancash
  2. David Chicoine, Hugo Ikehara, Koichiro Shibata, Matthew Helmer
  3. pp. 123-150
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  1. 7. Ritual Practice at the End of Empire: Evidence of an Abandonment Ceremony from Pataraya, a Wari Outpost on the South Coast of Peru
  2. Matthew J. Edwards
  3. pp. 151-168
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  1. 8. From the Domestic to the Formal: A View of Daily and Ceremonial Practices from Cerro de Oro during the Early Middle Horizon
  2. Francesca Fernandini, Mario Ruales
  3. pp. 169-192
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  1. 9. The Demise of the Ruling Elites: Terminal Rituals in the Pyramid Complexes of Panquilma, Peruvian Central Coast
  2. Camila Capriata Estrada, Enrique López-Hurtado
  3. pp. 193-216
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  1. 10. Reconstructing Early Colonial Andean Ritual Practice at Pukara, Peru: An Architectural Approach
  2. Sarah Abraham
  3. pp. 217-240
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  1. 11. Ritual as Interaction with Non-Humans: Prehispanic Mountain Pass Shrines in the Southern Andes
  2. Axel E. Nielsen, Carlos I. Angiorama, Florencia Ávila
  3. pp. 241-266
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  1. 12. Mining, Ritual, and Social Memory: An Exploration of Toponymy in the Ica Valley, Peru
  2. Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Verity H. Whalen
  3. pp. 267-294
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  1. 13. Rituals of the Past: Final Comments
  2. Jerry D. Moore
  3. pp. 295-312
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-321
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