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Aparecida Vilaça

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289130

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289130.001.0001

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Eating God’s Words

Eating God’s Words

Kinship and Conversion

(p.97) Four Eating God’s Words
Praying and Preying

Aparecida Vilaça

University of California Press

Chapter 4 is devoted to the analysis of the first translations produced by the Wari’, based on imitating the missionaries and trying to make them and the God presented by them into kin. It looks to comprehend Wari’ conversion through body language. The chapter also examines the mythic references used initially by the Wari’ to translate the Christian figures, which reveal a conception of the primordial world marked by alterity and enmity, in opposition to the Christian world of equality and siblinghood. It also introduces again the notion of equivocation that permeates the missionary encounter.

Keywords:   translation, adoption, myth, enmity, equivocation, literacy

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