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GOLETZ, Anne. Receiving the Armadillo’s Song: Oneiric Knowledge Transmission Between an Armadillo and a Wise Woman in Sokorpa, Yukpa Territory in Northern Colombia. Tabula Rasa [online]. 2020, n.36, pp.267-292.  Epub Feb 26, 2021. ISSN 1794-2489.

This paper examines the oneiric knowledge transmission/reception between the armadillo Kamashrhush and the wise woman Diocelina as a specific and highly individual human-animal relationship. In the context of an Anthropology of Dreaming dominated by the notion of soul-travels, this paper discusses the passive and embodied manner of Sokorpa dream experiences shaped by the visit from the other-than-human realm into the dreamer’s everyday life. Furthermore, it highlights the cooperative nature of the relationship between Diocelina and Kamashrhush against the backdrop of armadillo-human practices based on (respectful) hunting and avoidance. It proposes ontological similarization as a means for social interactions with other-than-human beings that go without transformation and ontological boundary crossing, elements considered as the core components of interspecies communication in Amazonian anthropological theories.

Keywords : anthropology of dreaming; animal-human relation; knowledge transmission; Yukpa, Colombia..

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