The Guinea Pig: Healing, Food, and Ritual in the Andes

  title={The Guinea Pig: Healing, Food, and Ritual in the Andes},
  author={E. Morales},
The guinea pig pervades nearly every aspect of Andean life. Traditionally important in folk medicine, native religion, and as a food source, guinea pig use continues to proliferate. Once a woman's domestic chore, raising guinea pigs is today a profitable commercial practice in Latin America. This once-sacred animal is now exploited as a source of cash income. As the drive to integrate indigenous peoples into the modern global market economy becomes a priority with Latin American governments… Expand

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