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Chungará (Arica)

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Abstract

AEDO, Ángel  and  FABA, Paulina. RELATIONAL FIELDS OF THE EXPERIENCES OF RITUAL KNOWLEDGE AMONG THE HUICHOL OF MEXICO. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2017, vol.49, n.2, pp.265-278.  Epub Mar 27, 2017. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562017005000012.

Among the Huichol of western Mexico, the act of knowing is considered a transformational experience where conceptions of truth and values circulate in interactions between human and non-human agents. Through the analysis of critical notions, ritual experiences and assemblages of things, this article examines Huichol forms of knowledge in four phenomena: the anticipation of experience, the indeterminacy of the known, the presence of indexes of agency and becoming in ritual images, and the shifting of subjectivities. On the basis of a reflection emanating from ethnography, the article concludes by stressing the need to examine the ways in which actions, discourses and visual elements are intertwined, in order to understand how "relational fields" are formed and operate as experiences of ritual knowledge.

Keywords : Knowledge; ritual experience; indeterminacy; relational fields; Huichol Indians.

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