The interaction between the living and the dead is at the core of religious ideas and practices. Scholars across the world have demonstrated that relations between the dead and the living often provide valuable evidence to explain both subtle and visible features of society. Contributors to this book approach how the living related to the dead in the Andes, with a principal focus on the period before contact with the Spanish. The editors explain in the introduction four aims of the volume: to present research demonstrating the variability of mortuary treatment from a material and symbolic viewpoint, to explain different conceptions of the dead and how some of them transformed into ancestors, to uncover why the living and the dead maintained links, and to display the different methodologies and interpretations presently used by archaeologists and anthropologists to study this subject. The book...

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