Clepsydras, Spiders and Symbolic Representation of Fertility in Araucania and North Patagonia (South America)

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Autor:
Pérez, Alberto
URI:
http://repositoriodigital.uct.cl/handle/10925/2559
Datos de publicación:
ARQUEOLOGIA IBEROAMERICANA,Vol.34,32-38,2017
Temas:
Latrodectus spp. - Clepsydras - Pottery - Archaeology of Araucania and Patagonia
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Resumen:
The double triangular figures or clepsydras represented in Red on White Bicolor tradition pottery, found in the south center of Chile and its eastern mountain counterpart in the Argentine Republic from the eleventh century BC, constitute a new form of relationship between man and his environment resulting from a change in the scale of food production. In this new context, animals such as Latrodectus spp. (black widows), the local endemic species of which has venom causing prolonged priapism, can be interpreted as a fertility metaphor.

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