Navigating globalization through myth in Quechua communities of Southern Peru
Bridges, Ben. 2017. Navigating globalization through myth in Quechua communities of Southern Peru -- Lambda Alpha Journal, v.47, p.39-49
My research is positioned at the convergence of myth and globalization, exploring how intercultural contact impacts myth in contemporary Peruvian Quechua communities as well as how myth aids in interpreting and shaping the meaning of that contact. In the fields of folklore and anthropology, myth is operationally defined as a sacred narrative that describes events that occurred before historical time (Dundes 1984). Myth proves to be a valuable area to study in the context of globalization due to the various functions it performs in navigating the interaction between cultures, such as providing societies and individuals with ultimate moral ground (Schrempp 2012) or serving as means of making sense of intercultural contact (Clarke 2007).