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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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MOULIAN, Rodrigo; CATRILEO, María  and  HASLER, Felipe. Correspondence of semiotic sun and moon constellations in the central and southern andes. Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.2, pp.121-141. ISSN 0718-6894.

This paper analyzes the correspondence in symbolic concepts of the sun and moon in cultures of the Central and Southern Andes, such as the Inca, Aymara and Mapuche. In this regard, we show the existence of linguistic homologies in the voices designating celestial bodies, and a concordance in social representations of these entities as members of a divine family. The correlation of these semiotic constellations expresses cotraditional traits underpinned by historic cultural relations. This analysis shows the pre-Inka nature of this shared tradition in the Central and Southern Andes.

Keywords : Central and Southern Andes; cotraditional traits; semiotics; Mapuche; sun and moon.

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