New PDF release: Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes

By Dr. Justin Jennings, Brenda J. Bowser

For greater than thousand years, ingesting has performed a severe function in Andean societies. This assortment presents a different examine the heritage, ethnography, and archaeology of 1 of crucial conventional indigenous commodities in Andean South America--fermented plant drinks jointly often called chicha.

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23 24 Justin Jennings and Brenda J. Bowser Lau, George 2002 Feasting and Ancestor Veneration at Chinchawas, North Highlands of Ancash, Peru. Latin American Antiquity 13(3): 279–304. Lincoln, Bruce 1989 Discourse and the Construction of Society. New York: Oxford University Press. Mahias, Marie-Claude 1993 Pottery Techniques in India: Technical Variants and Social Choice. , pp. 157–180. New York: Routledge. Marshall, Mac 1979 Beliefs, Behaviors, and Alcoholic Beverages: A Cross Cultural Survey. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

While I did not have an opportunity to attend the Maranata religious meetings, the group prayer that I witnessed at a house-raising party in 2003 was ecstatic and intense. Before the drinking (of gaseosas) began, the maternal uncle of the host rose to lead the party in prayer. Bit by bit, as intensity built, the other guests joined in, standing with raised arms, their prayers blending into each other in a babble of voices. Although they did not reach the point of speaking in tongues, the rush of words from many voices praying simultaneously rendered the Quechua unintelligible.

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. , and Martín Cárdenas 1947 Chicha, a Native South American Beer. Botanical Museum Leaflets (Harvard University) 13(3): 33–60. de Garine, Igor, and Valerie de Garine 2001 Drinking: Anthropological Approaches. New York: Berghahn. Dietler, Michael 2006 Alcohol: Anthropological/Archaeological Perspectives. Annual Review of Anthropology 35: 229–249. Doughty, Paul L. 1971 The Social Uses of Alcoholic Beverages in a Peruvian Community. Human Organization 30(2): 187–197.

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