Irrigation systems and andean ritualism in the colca valley

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This paper reviews the fundamental characteristics of the irrigation system and its processes of change in the Colca Valley, department of Arequipa, Peru. This micro region from southern Peru, consists of fourteen peasant communities that continue practicing traditional agriculture and maintaining a complex system ritual where the cult to water and apus mountain remains inextricably linked to the agricultural activity, even over Peruvian legislation about irrigation water use.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)197-217
Number of pages21
JournalRevista Espanola de Antropologia Americana
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


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