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Revista del Museo de Antropología

Print version ISSN 1852-060XOn-line version ISSN 1852-4826


GUIDA NAVARRO, Alexandre. Figurines and archaeology of body in the stilt villages culture in Eastern Amazonia. Rev. Mus. Antropol. [online]. 2022, vol.15, n.1, pp.00-00. ISSN 1852-060X.

Abstract This article presents the ceramic figurines of the stilt villages of Maranhão, Brazil. Based on the archeology of the body, this text changes how the figurines were made, taking into account that the experiences lived and socially shared by the indigenous groups of Amazonia are shaped in their bodies. A set of 74 figurines is described as a formal analysis that reveals both human and animal or even hybrid forms. The study of these artifacts led to the conclusion that the figurines of the stilt villages are an original way of fabrication the body in the pre-Hispanic eastern Amazon. It is suggested that these figurines belonged to the Amazon Polychrome Tradition (TPA). It seems that the statuettes show a way of making the body that seals 1. Personalized women (who went through puberty, who went through healing agencies or matrilineal ancestor women); 2. Shamans represented by animal helpers in their communication with the supernatural world.

Keywords : Figurines; Stilt Villages; Shamanism; Body Fabrication; Eastern Amazonia.

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