Lucila Bugallo

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Buenos Aires, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9941

Approve Date

October 24, 2019

Project Title

Bugallo, Lucila (Universidad de Buenos Aires) "Circulation and incorporation of ritual products in south American highlands (Bolivia and Argentina)"

This project’s central objective is to understand how the incorporation of external ritual products catalyzes local processes related to fertility, growth, and renovation in the Andean highlands of Jujuy, northern Argentina. Every year people in herding communities carry out rituals of renewal for the animals in their care that influence cosmological-vital cycles. Animal, vegetal, and mineral products are essential for these rituals, but some of them are not available locally. They are marginal products, not included in formal markets and people obtain them in traditional fairs located in far-flung places. The research focuses on the circulation of these products between two locations: Huari (Bolivia) and La Quiaca (Argentina). The project seeks to explore how the products reach people in the highlands of Jujuy and why people there consider them to have particular qualities, making them ritually efficacious. These questions and the ethnographic materials related to them are associated to a wider anthropological problem concerning the world-making processes that result from the incorporating of external forces and relationships. This project explores the resilience of practices compromised with the renewal of life and the survival of ways of exchange and value generation that are marginal to neoliberal market.