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The Ecology of the Spoken WordAmazonian Storytelling and Shamanism among the Napo Runa$
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Michael A. Uzendoski and Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036569

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036569.001.0001

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The Petroglyphs and the Twins’ Ascent

The Petroglyphs and the Twins’ Ascent

(p.157) Chapter 7 The Petroglyphs and the Twins’ Ascent
The Ecology of the Spoken Word

Michael A. Uzendoski

Edith Felicia Calapucha-Tapuy

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents two stories about the twins, a story about the petroglyphs they left here on the earth and their conversion into stars. Both of these stories reveal the inscribed textuality of transformations embodied in the “twins” stories. The examples show how Quichua speakers “read” their stories from experience within a living landscape that is rich with the presence of mythological beings and transformations. The presentation of the final episode of the twins cycle, their ascent into the sky, also forces us to confront the question “What is to be done once all the myths have been told?” For myths force one to ask, “Who am I?” and “What is my relation to the world”?

Keywords:   Napo Quichua mythology, twins stories, petroglyph, myths, stars

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