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Alteridades

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

Abstract

CRUZ RAMOS, Mirna Liliana. Blood in the Chatino cosmovisión and in local biomedicine viewpoints. Alteridades [online]. 2019, vol.29, n.58, pp.87-97.  Epub Feb 12, 2021. ISSN 2448-850X.  https://doi.org/10.24275/uam/izt/dcsh/alteridades/2019v29n58/cruz.

This article addresses the meanings of blood in traditional and biomedical systems in a Chatino’s context from the state of Oaxaca. For both systems blood represents life, however, while blood is part of a body that is an independent physical structure clinically, culturally it is linked to home and land. In this sense, beyond having a physical structure it has a symbolic one. What is set forth here addresses the accounts of 25 traditional medics and ten biomedics, as well as the everyday experience of the construction of the Chatino’s body and person.

Keywords : boy; person; life cycle.

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