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Alteridades

On-line version ISSN 2448-850XPrint version ISSN 0188-7017

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GALLARDO ARIAS, Patricia. Habitable bodies. Reflections on corporality among eastern Otomi. Alteridades [online]. 2019, vol.29, n.58, pp.61-72.  Epub Feb 12, 2021. ISSN 2448-850X.  https://doi.org/10.24275/uam/izt/dcsh/alteridades/2019v29n58/gallardo.

Based on ethnographic material obtained from 2006 to 2018 among Otomis of the eastern mountain range of Hidalgo in Mexico, this research aims to untangle the meanings regarding native concepts to refer to the body and its contents. These categories include beings that are recognized as people, as well as those identified as gods, spirits, and nahuales. The conclusion is that the body contains in itself the notions of transformation, fabrication, force, instability, balance, sickness and potentiality; thereby, for eastern Otomis the body is not something concluded, but rather it is in the process of construction.

Keywords : Otomi; body; content; construction; trans­ formation.

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