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Latinoamérica. Revista de estudios Latinoamericanos

On-line version ISSN 2448-6914Print version ISSN 1665-8574


BOLANOS ACEVEDO, Arcadio Antonio. Representation of the Incas in Tradiciones peruanas. Latinoamérica [online]. 2021, n.72, pp.61-80.  Epub Aug 23, 2021. ISSN 2448-6914.

The object of this article is to analyze the representation of the indigenous people, comparing the idealized vision of the Incas versus the negative and dismissive treatment of current indigenous people. The first step to accomplish this goal is to read Tradiciones peruanas critically. The author of these texts, Ricardo Palma, was the most important Peruvian writer in the 19th century, a key period for the consolidation of Peru as a new independent nation. It is in this context that the texts of writer Ricardo Palma play a fundamental role in imagining the past of the Incas as something glorious and distant, while the current indigenous population is belittled. This article focuses on the conflict produced by this dichotomy between Incas and indigenous people, while paying attention to the negative consequences of an imagined community that discriminated itself in the past and continues to do so in the present.

Keywords : Imagined Community; Ricardo Palma; Tradiciones peruanas; Inca; Indigenous; 19th century.

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