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Bare Rocks and Fallen Angels: Environmental Change, Climate Perceptions and Ritual Practice in the Peruvian Andes

School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Religions 2013, 4(2), 290-305; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel4020290
Received: 6 February 2013 / Revised: 22 April 2013 / Accepted: 23 May 2013 / Published: 28 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Globalization)
One of the many dimensions of globalization is climate change that in recent years has caused much concern in the developed world. The aim of this article is to explore how people living on the margins of the global world conceive climate change. Drawing on ethnographic field data from the 1980s and today it examines how the ritual practice and the religious belief of a rural community in the Peruvian Andes has changed during the last 27 years and how the villagers perceive this change. It argues that the villagers traditionally conceive the environment as co-habited by humans and non-humans but that recent environmental change in the Andes has caused a shift in this world-view. Today, many villagers have adopted the global vocabulary on climate change and are concerned with their own impact in the environment. However, the villagers reject the idea that it is human activities in other parts of the world that cause environmental problems in their community and claim that these must be addressed locally. It suggests that even though the villagers’ reluctance to subscribe to the global discourse of climate change makes them look like the companions of climate skeptics in the developed world, their reasons are very different. View Full-Text
Keywords: Peru; Andes; globalization; climate perceptions; environmental change; ritual offerings Peru; Andes; globalization; climate perceptions; environmental change; ritual offerings
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Paerregaard, K. Bare Rocks and Fallen Angels: Environmental Change, Climate Perceptions and Ritual Practice in the Peruvian Andes. Religions 2013, 4, 290-305.

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