"I'm Inca": The Fiesta of Mamacha Carmen in the Andean Village of Pisac

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This article examines the communication of identity in ritual dancing during the Fiesta de Virgen del Carmen in Pisac, a village in the Peruvian Andes. In framing an arena for representation and interpreting local lifeworlds the fiesta is endowed with profoundly existential significance for the participants. In performing the different characters, the dancers are given opportunities to renegotiate social and economic structures. By using their bodies to transcend their everyday practices and habitus, and to infuse them with new meanings, the dancers articulate new and politically transformative messages about tradition, power and social hierarchy.


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  • History of Religions


  • Andean fiesta, Mamacha Carmen, dances, ritual
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-56
JournalJournal of Ritual Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)