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‘The mountain ate his heart’: Agricultural Labour and Animate Land in a Protestant Andean Community

Sheild Johansson, CM; (2019) ‘The mountain ate his heart’: Agricultural Labour and Animate Land in a Protestant Andean Community. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology , 24 (2) pp. 573-590. 10.1111/jlca.12404.

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Abstract

In the small Bolivian village of P’iya Qayma, the Baptist conversion of the mid- 1980s put an end to the overt worship of the animate and powerful land. However, while previous religious practices may have been subverted, the mysterious death of a villager triggers rumors that expose a continued belief in, and engagement with, the powers of the local land. The ethnographic data presented in this article demonstrates that rural, Protestant communities experience cosmological continuity post conversion, suggesting that this is because it is the everyday agricultural activities that animate the land, rather than religious practice. The paper further argues that paying attention to the simultaneous shifts and continuities that are part of processes of conversion, significantly contributes to our understanding of the dynamic vernacular production of pan-Andean human and non-human relationships.

Type: Article
Title: ‘The mountain ate his heart’: Agricultural Labour and Animate Land in a Protestant Andean Community
DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12404
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jlca.12404
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Andes, Indigenous people, Religion, Social Anthropology, Identity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057475
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