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The guinea pig : healing, food, and ritual in the Andes

Author: Edmundo Morales
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morales, Edmundo, 1943-
Guinea pig.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)624410062
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmundo Morales
ISBN: 0816514798 9780816514793 0816515581 9780816515585
OCLC Number: 31970310
Description: xxvii, 177 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
Contents: From household animal to market commodity --
The cuy as food and symbolic social binder --
The cuy in Andean medicine --
The cuy in Andean ideology, religion, and belief --
The future of the cuy economy.
Responsibility: Edmundo Morales.

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"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, the implementation of new economic policies regulating guinea pig husbandry is aggressively changing traditions and values in the Andes." "Edmundo Morales traveled back to his homeland in the Andes to capture in words and pictures the changes and continuities in traditional uses of the guinea pig in his culture. Morales, a native speaker of Spanish and Quechua, easily ventured into many isolated communities and examined social customs centered upon the guinea pig." "Although the guinea pig lives in the Andean home as a domestic animal, it is also enjoyed as a culinary delicacy. Folk doctors employ the black guinea pig to determine the cause of illness - pressed against an ailing body, the animal reportedly squeals when it finds the source of disease. These are only some of the uses for the guinea pig in the Andean cultures of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru." "A study of cultural traditions and changes, The Guinea Pig: Healing, Food, and Ritual in the Andes will be useful for social scientists, humanists, and policymakers, as well as for general readers interested in this unique aspect of Andean culture. The book records the cultural traditions of an indigenous people while demonstrating how participation in the global market economy can alter a way of life."--Jacket.

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