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Chungará (Arica)

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MULVANY, Eleonora. THE FLORAL MOTIF IN COLONIAL KEROS: IMAGES AND MEANING. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2004, vol.36, n.2, pp.407-419. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562004000200013.

This study presents the results of an analysis of the floral motif found on colonial keros. In the paper, I note a semantic similarity between the motifs observed on keros and unkus (male tunics) of this period. Ethnobotanical and ethnohistorical data indicate that the same flowers represented on these objects were utilized in various ritual acts linked to social organization. A possible relationship between the ritual calendar and the growing cycle of these plants is also suggested. I conclude that the flowers depicted on the colonial keros were polisemic metaphors associated with concepts of order and mediation

Keywords : keros; Colonial period; flowers; flower calendar; ritual calendar; metaphors.

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