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CHICHA” IN PRE COLOMBIAN CHILE
 
 

 

Title:

“CHICHA” IN PRE COLOMBIAN CHILE

Collection:

Pre-Colombian Chile

Author:

ORIANA PARDO Y JOSÉ LUIS PIZARRO

Size:

21 x 14

Pages:

126

Year:

July, 2005

ISBN:

956-8089-07-1

Subject Matter: Ethnology and Anthropology

SUMMARY  

A trip into the Chicha of Pre-Colombian Chile.

The book takes inventory of aspects related to the preparation and consumption by Pre-Hispanic inhabitants of fermented beverages. It also includes the various botanicals species used in their preparation, during which related civil, social and religious relations become established.

Women’s role in the manufacturing of the different kinds of Chicha is highlighted, as well as their medicinal and health promoting effects, something pointed out by early historians.

Chicha acted as an excellent medium for communications in virtue of its presence in communitarian and social functions. Its intake by indigenous peoples is described as intimately related to the agricultural cycle of sowing and harvesting, thus favoring the earth’s productive power and rain beckoning through religious ceremonies related to fertility, rites of passage and others.

Finally, an analysis is presented of the main causes that have contributed to the virtual extinction of these beverages, to the point that today in Chile, when reference is made to Chicha, it is only in regards to the kind made from grapes (in the center of the country) and the one made from apples (in the south), both brought over by the Spanish conquerors.

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