Claudia Brosseder's monograph is an important addition to the growing literature on Andean religions. Like Pierre Duviols, Manuel Marzal, Ana Sánchez, Sabine MacCormack, Nicholas Griffiths, Kenneth Mills, Mario Polia Meconi, Laura Larco, and others, Brosseder reviews and distills the information in records from idolatry proceedings. In doing so, she covers such familiar themes as mountain worship, the Andean conception of illness, the influence of conopas (usually, powerful stone figurines) on fertility, and love magic. She analyzes sometimes-covert Andean rituals and practices within the jurisdiction of the Audiencia of Lima, and the Andean religious specialists' interaction with Jesuits also figures prominently. Her central focus is on holy objects, called huacas, and the religious specialists' commemoration of these.

New insights are brought to such topics as birds as messengers, which is linked to Brosseder's narrative on the discourse of embodiment, representation, and transformation;...

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