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Deux versions cosmogoniques campa: Esquisse analytique

Stefano Varese and Moisés Gamarra
Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales
31e Année, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1976), pp. 469-480
Published by: EHESS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27580260
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Two cosmogonic myths of the Campa ethnic group of the Peruvian tropical rain forest are analyzed with respect to their structural components in order to detect the axiologic system which they express in a symbolic manner. The system of normative values is a key element for the understanding of the existential conception of this Indian group. Both mythological versions show an aspect of the Campa "ideology" which is strongly connected with a determined mode of social behavior of the group facing the new historical situation derived from the expansion of the Peruvian national society and the invasion of the tribal territory.

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