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Becoming MapuchePerson and Ritual in Indigenous Chile$
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Magnus Course

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036477

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036477.001.0001

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The End of Sociality

(p.92) 4 Eluwün
Becoming Mapuche

Magnus Course

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the Mapuche funeral practices (eluwün). Whereas the Hertzian model suggests that funeral practices serve to generalize and “disintegrate” the deceased person, Mapuche funeral practices do the exact opposite: they seek to outline the uniqueness and partiality of the deceased. Meanwhile, the Bakhtinian concepts of consummation and transgredience help make it clear that the funeral discourses (amulpüllün) are necessary to “finish” the person and detach the person from the relations through which the person has constituted himself or herself during life. The finished person is therefore necessarily incongruent with the paternally and maternally derived aspects from which they arose.

Keywords:   Mapuche funeral practices, eluwün, funeral discourses, amulpüllün, finished person

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