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Animating Idolatry: Making Ancestral Kin and Personhood in Ancient Peru

Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
Academic Editors: Robert J. Wallis and Max Carocci
Religions 2021, 12(5), 287; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050287
Received: 13 February 2021 / Revised: 12 April 2021 / Accepted: 14 April 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Art, Shamanism and Animism)
Historical and archaeological records help shed light on the production, ritual practices, and personhood of cult objects characterizing the central Peruvian highlands after ca. AD 200. Colonial accounts indicate that descendant groups made and venerated stone images of esteemed forebears as part of small-scale local funerary cults. Prayers and supplications help illuminate how different artifact forms were seen as honored family members (forebears, elders, parents, siblings). Archaeology, meanwhile, shows the close associations between carved monoliths, tomb repositories, and restricted cult spaces. The converging lines of evidence are consistent with the hypothesis that production of stone images was the purview of family/lineage groups. As the cynosures of cult activity and devotion, the physical forms of ancestor effigies enabled continued physical engagements, which vitalized both the idol and descendant group. View Full-Text
Keywords: ancestor veneration; animacy; materiality of stone; Andes; Quechua; extirpation of idolatry; funerary cult; Ancash; Cajatambo ancestor veneration; animacy; materiality of stone; Andes; Quechua; extirpation of idolatry; funerary cult; Ancash; Cajatambo
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