Writing History into the Landscape: Space, Myth, and Ritual in Contemporary Amazonia

  title={Writing History into the Landscape: Space, Myth, and Ritual in Contemporary Amazonia},
  author={Fernando Santos-Granero},
  journal={American Ethnologist},
Like members of most nonliterate societies, the Yanesha preserve historical memory through narrative and performative practices such as myths, traditions, reminiscences, rituals, and body practices. Among the Yanesha, however, these coalesce into a major inscribing practice, that of "writing" history into the landscape. I contend that "topographic writing" constitutes a protowriting system based on "topograms"—individual elements of the landscape imbued with historical significance through myth… 

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