Large Llamas with Silver Shoes

Journal article


Goss, VGA (2017). Large Llamas with Silver Shoes. Society & Animals. 25 (2), pp. 144-162.
AuthorsGoss, VGA
Abstract

Drawing upon contemporary accounts, this paper analyzes conquistadors’ and Incas’ perceptions of each other’s ungulates—that is, camelids and horses—from the first encounters in 1532 until 1536. The paper traces the evolution of those perceptions within the wider context of human-nonhuman animal relations, which differed between Spaniards and Andeans. Those differences are reflected in the respective languages. The paper finds a tension between a sense of familiarity and a sense of otherness. That tension manifested in a supernatural realm. The paper argues that nonhuman animal relations, particularly with respect to horses, played a central role in the invasion, but as the conflict unfolded the meanings of “human” and “animal,” as understood by the protagonists, were perturbed. The paper presents a critique of Diamond’s theory of nonhuman animal domestication.

Keywordsllamas; conquistadors; horses; incas; religion
Year2017
JournalSociety & Animals
Journal citation25 (2), pp. 144-162
PublisherBrill
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1163/15685306-12341443
Publication dates
Print18 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Aug 2017
Accepted14 Oct 2015
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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