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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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Tiwanaku Influence on Local Drinking Patterns in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Tiwanaku Influence on Local Drinking Patterns in Cochabamba, Bolivia

(p.167) 7 Tiwanaku Influence on Local Drinking Patterns in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes

Karen Anderson

University Press of Florida

This chapter investigates the spread of the Tiwanaku drinking culture (ad 600–1100) by addressing shifts in the drinking cup assemblages found at sites in the Cochabamba Valley of highland Bolivia. Drinking behavior changed radically as it became widespread during the period of Tiwanaku influence and transformed again after that influence waned. The chapter specifically explores drinking vessels, including changes in style, archaeological context, and importance. There were significant changes which occurred in local drinking practices when Cochabamba was integrated into the Tiwanaku political economy. In sum, Tiwanaku drinking customs promoted social cohesion at the household level, at home, and abroad, using paraphernalia heavily coded with state symbols. So powerful was this tradition that it radically changed Cochabamba, an area with a preexisting chicha tradition in which the drink was nothing new.

Keywords:   Tiwanaku influence, drinking culture, drinking cup, Cochabamba Valley, drinking behavior, political economy, social cohesion

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