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Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy

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BALUT, Jorgelina  e  ANGULO VILLAN, Florencia Raquel. Celebrations in honor to the Virgin of Río Blanco: Rite and spectacle. Cuad. Fac. Humanid. Cienc. Soc., Univ. Nac. Jujuy [online]. 2005, n.27, pp.9-35. ISSN 1668-8104.

The official religion suits the peregrination to Río Blanco town, departmen of Palpalá, Jujuy province, Argentina, place in which it is renderet devotion to the virgin with the same name. This peregrination takes place every year during four Sundays of the month of October and it summos people of different points of the province. Although many people participate in the peregrination to Río Blanco because of thein religious devotion, for other, the celebration constitutes a tie social encounter related to spectacle and heathen entertainment. This practice is accepled in informal way by the Church like atraction means to mantain the celebration.    The theoretical metodologic frame follows Foucault's line. It is a work done in contrast and comparison with other instances trying to look for the ruptures with a constructive attitude. It has its limit in the constradiction. It begins from seven interviews to pilgrims and people who participate in the social show. These discourses allow to look for the ramifications that generate different statements about a same theme. For this it will be taken account the emergency ambit, delineation and specificity of those ones.    In conclusion, the festivity of the Virgin constructs a semiotic border constituted by profane activities. The border between the sacred and profane activities allows the legitimation of all cultural spaces but fundmentally generates the reproduction and strengthening of the religious core that keeps immovable due to the presence of these other spheres.

Palavras-chave : Virgin; Religiosity; Pilgrimage; Culture; Society; Border.

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