Flower World - Mundo Florido, vol. 4

Music Archaeology of the Americas - Arqueomusicología de las Américas

The World in Actions: Ritual Knowledge and Spatial Conceptions Among the Náayeri from Western Mexico

Margarita Valdovinos

This paper analyzes the knowledge employed by the different participants of Náayeri mitote rituals as they use certain toponymic terms belonging to specialized ceremonial knowledge. My study concerns the transmission process related to this kind of expertise and aims to show ritual as an interactive context that offers a particular way of knowing: ritual experience is orientated more towards the transmission of its conditions of possibility than to the transmission of knowledge itself. In other words, ritual knowledge among the Náayeri is less about the transmission of meaning of particular representations than about the knowledge that allows people to use them.

Este artículo analiza el conocimiento empleado por los distintos participantes del ritual de mitote náayeri al utilizar ciertos términos toponímicos pertenecientes al saber especializado de las ceremonias. Mi estudio se interesa por el proceso de transmisión relacionado con este tipo de sabiduría y busca mostrar al ritual como un contexto interactivo que ofrece una forma particular de conocimiento: la experiencia ritual está más orientada a la transmisión de las condiciones de posibilidad que a la transmisión del conocimiento en sí mismo. En otras palabras, el conocimiento ritual entre los náayeri es menos un asunto de transmisión del significado de representaciones particulares que sobre el conocimiento que permite a las personas hacer uso de ellas.

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