Steamed or Boiled: Identity and Value in Food Preparation

Christine Hastorf


How do daily meals resemble larger feast gatherings? In many cultures every act associated with food is filled with meaning and sanctity. Feasts usually feed more people than daily household meals, and by their scale, gain centrifugal meanings. These ritual foods for the deities, ancestors and large groups do not often look like daily meals in the Andean region. One of the goals of the Taraco Archaeological Project (TAP) is to study the past foodways in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Bolivia. Evidence of unusual ingredients suggests that experimentation with exotic foods occurred in ritual settings on a community level, reflecting centripetal constructions in these larger meals.

Andean Archaeology; Cooking; Meals; Andes; Rituals; Performance; Discursive Practice


Cooking, meals, Andes, rituals, performance, discursive practice

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eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies (ISSN 2192-2608)