By Frank L. Salomon, Mercedes Niño-Murcia

Andean peoples joined the realm of alphabetic literacy approximately 500 years in the past, but the background in their literacy has remained hidden formerly. In The Lettered Mountain, Frank Salomon and Mercedes Niño-Murcia extend notions of literacy and problem stereotypes of Andean “orality” through studying the writings of mountain villagers from Inka instances to the net period. Their ancient ethnography is predicated on huge study within the village of Tupicocha, within the imperative Peruvian province of Huarochirí. The sector has a unique position within the historical past of Latin American letters because the domestic of the original early-seventeenth-century Quechua-language e-book explaining Peru’s old gods and priesthoods. Granted entry to Tupicocha’s strangely wealthy inner documents, Salomon and Niño-Murcia stumbled on that legacy mirrored in a particular model of lettered existence constructed sooner than the coming of kingdom faculties. of their targeted ethnography, writing emerges as an essential perform underlying particularly Andean sacred tradition and self-governance. even as, the authors locate that Andean family with the countryside were deprived through country writing criteria built in discussion with eu academies yet now not with the agricultural literate tradition.

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