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Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes$
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Justin Jennings and Brenda J. Bowser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033068

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033068.001.0001

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Chicha, Performance, and Politics

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Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes

Mary Weismantel

University Press of Florida

This chapter moves from today's Ecuadorian Amazon to the Moche culture of Peru's north coast (ad 100–700) to consider how alcohol's enduring importance in the Andes may relate to its importance as a gift shared by both friends and rivals. It is also suggested that chicha has been used through the centuries to express the tension between inequality and shared identity that is found in all societies. Chicha today carries meanings of gender, race, nation, and community — some of the most powerful identities known. Throughout its long history, chicha has demonstrated its symbolic potency. It has also consistently been used to express tensions between inequality and shared identity, as well as to embody qualities of the natural and supernatural world.

Keywords:   chicha, Moche culture, Andes, gift, inequality, identity, community, politics

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