Download e-book for kindle: A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock by Carolyn J Dean

By Carolyn J Dean

ISBN-10: 0822347911

ISBN-13: 9780822347910

ISBN-10: 0822348071

ISBN-13: 9780822348078

A significant contribution to either paintings historical past and Latin American reports, A tradition of Stone deals subtle new insights into Inka tradition and the translation of non-Western paintings. Carolyn Dean specializes in rock outcrops masterfully built-in into Inka structure, exquisitely labored masonry, and freestanding sacred rocks, explaining how sure stones took on lives in their personal and performed an essential function within the unfolding of Inka historical past. reading the a number of makes use of of stone, she argues that the Inka understood construction in stone as a fashion of ordering the chaos of unordered nature, changing untamed areas into domesticated areas, and laying declare to new territories. Dean contends that knowing what the rocks signified calls for seeing them because the Inka observed them: as very likely animate, sentient, and sacred. via cautious research of Inka stonework, colonial-period money owed of the Inka, and modern ethnographic and folkloric reviews of indigenous Andean tradition, Dean reconstructs the relationships among stonework and different features of Inka lifestyles, together with imperial growth, worship, and agriculture. She additionally scrutinizes meanings imposed on Inka stone through the colonial Spanish and, later, through tourism and the vacationer undefined. A tradition of Stone is a compelling multidisciplinary argument for rethinking how we see and understand the Inka past.

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