By Nathan Wachtel
Whilst Nathan Wachtel, the celebrated historic anthropologist, lower back to the village of Chipaya, the location of his large fieldwork within the Bolivian Andes, he realized a gaggle of Uru Indians was once being incarcerated and tortured for no obvious cause. much more surprisingly, no one—not even his closest informant and friend—would talk about it.Wachtel found sequence of modern deaths and misfortunes in Chipaya have been attributed to the evil powers of the Urus, a bunch frequently appeared with suspicion through the opposite ethnic teams. these incarcerated have been believed to be the manager sorcerers and vampires whose paganistic practices had introduced dying to Chipaya by way of frightening the social order. Wachtel's research, instructed in Gods and Vampires: again to Chipaya, finds a lot approximately kin among the Urus and the region's dominant ethnic teams and confronts essentially the most trenchant matters in modern anthropology. His research exhibits that the Urus had develop into sufferers of a similar set of beliefs the Spanish had used, centuries prior to, to set up their hegemony within the region.Presented as a private detective tale, Gods and Vampires is Wachtel's most up-to-date paintings in a chain learning the continued effect of the Spanish conquest at the Andean realization and social procedure. Its perception into Bolivian society and the legacy of hegemony confronts essentially the most trenchant matters in modern anthropologyand could be of significant curiosity to students of anthropology, Latin American experiences, and local American reports.
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Suspicious-looking spots were found on the bodies of the sick (on their arms and chests), little dots that seemed to have been caused by the pricks of a needle; these uaces dearly demonstrated that they had been victims of a kharisiri. Upon checking the officialrecordsforthatyear,lfoundnomoredeaths than for the previous or following yean. Instead, I found fewer. In 1976 there were IZ deaths; in 1977, 16;in 1978, 7; in 1979, 7;in 1980,10;andin 1981, 9.
Atfirstlwasannoyed to be repeatedly reminded of such an old cp1sode, butthenlacccptedtheinevitable;afterall,itwasa sign of a kind of Chipaya citizenship. I kept the nicknameasasouvenirofthosc:momentsofgraccl hvc:dsolongago. 'Ilie :Midniqlit Confession THOUGH MY RETURN TO CHIPAYA WAS PRIMARILY A fnrndly visit, I had an ultenor motive. There had bc:enaseriousdisruprionmthevillageinl978, which I'd heard about through rumors and cenam arttcles that appeared in the regional newspaper (La Pamaof Oruro).
For an· other, All Saints' Day is approaching, one of the most sacred moments of the year: even the migrants who have been away for a long time return to welcome the souls of the deceased, who come to visit the living for the day. For the two weeks preceding the festival, the preP" arations create a certain animation in the village, as well as an incrusingly perceptible tension. Sheep destined for the market in Oruro arc slaughtered on patios, in front of the houses. Another new develoP" ment is the incredible frequency of trucks-up to two trips to the town a week-during this rime.