Magical Writing in Salasaca: Literacy and Power in Highland Ecuador (Westview Case Studies in Anthropology)

Author: Peter Wogan
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Category: Literacy, History Of The Americas, Social & Cultural History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Social & Cultural Anthropology
Book Format: Paperback

Explores the connections between beliefs about writing and power in an indigenous village in highland Ecuador.. 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.

Table Of Contents
Series Editor Preface -- Introduction -- Witchcraft and Writing -- Sources of Magical Beliefs -- God's Book -- The Day of the Dead -- Weaving and Writing -- Conclusion
About Peter Wogan
Peter Wogan is assistant professor of anthropology at Willamette University .


SKU BK-9780813341514
Barcode # 9780813341514
Brand The Perseus Books Group
Artist / Author Peter Wogan
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