Manger pour ne pas être mangé. Anthropologie de l’alimentation dans les Andes boliviennes

Abstract : This article aims at showing that reciprocity is not sufficient to understand relations linking human beings with predatory active powers in Bolivian North-Potosi. For locals farmers, neutralizing the predation by feeding non human entities with offerings is not enough. Human beings also need to feed themselves in order to avoid predation. Indeed, human beings have to keep themselves constantly full with food, blood and fat. Thanks to these contents, they are complete, self-contained and closed, therefore invulnerable. Human fat for instance acts as a container. Ingested foods constitute an immediate physical obstacle preventing all hostile entities from penetrating the human body through its openings.
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Laurence Charlier. Manger pour ne pas être mangé. Anthropologie de l’alimentation dans les Andes boliviennes. Anthropology of Food, Anthropology of Food, 2013, S8. ⟨hal-02086153⟩

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