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Flocks Of The Wamani/The / Edition 1

Flocks Of The Wamani/The / Edition 1


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In this volume, the authors present an original ethnographic study of five llama-herding communities in Ayacucho, Peru. Data on herd dynamics are subjected to computer modeling in an effort to evaluate the roles of biology, symbolic and ritual behavior, ecological adaptation, and practical reason. The book contains the most detailed study of the waytakuy llama-marking ceremony yet available. The role of this ceremony in preventing herds from becoming extinct is evaluated against anthropological and sociobiological theory.
This is an interdisciplinary book which will appeal to professional archaeologists, prehistorians, cultural anthropologists, Andeanists, theoretical biologists, evolutionary biologists, and zoologists interested in animal domestication.

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ISBN-13: 9780122598364
Publisher: Left Coast Press
Publication date: 04/01/1989
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 0.57(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Andean Nature.
Andean Culture.
The People of the Puna.
The Guanaco and the Llama.
Herd Dynamics I: The "Oliver Twist" Model.
Herd Dynamics II: The "Santa Claus" Model.
Chupa and Waytakuy.
Herd Dynamics III: The "Surf City" Model.
Herd Dynamics IV: Suñay and Adaptation.
Suñay and Dual Inheritance Theory.
Nature, Culture, and Practical Reason.

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