ARTS PREMIERS Mapuche Machi’s Rewe Shaman’s ledder iconography close point of contact with the archaic figures of Western Nepal

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The Iconography if the Shamanistic Ledders Sculptures and Masks of the Mapuche People of Chile and Argentina

Photo: Cleber Machado/Flickr

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF THE SHAMANISTIC  LEDDERS  SCULPTURES AND MASKS OF THE MAPUCHE PEOPLE OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA

HAS CLOSE POINT OF CONTACT WITH THE

STYLE OF THE MORE ARCHAIC FIGURES AND MASKS OF THE 

WESTERN NEPAL

TRIBAL ARTS OF THE MAPUCHE

PART I

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PHOTO CREDIT

https://picasaweb.google.com/115588174392444544617/SantiagoDeChile2010#5551741511127942050

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PHOTO CREDIT

Gustavo Milet Ramirez

La Ilustración Española y Americana

Cementerio Mapuche a comienzos del siglo XX.

8 marzo 1901

and

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cementerio_Mapuche.jpg

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Carlos Brandt

Post Card

Cementerio Mapuche a principios del siglo XX

1902

http://www.reocities.com/mapuche_pictures/page3.html

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Mapuche Art at the Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández 

BUENOS AIRES 

ARGENTINA 

PHOTO CREDIT 

http://amazingbuenosaires.blog

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Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology  

A selection of works from the Domeyko Cassel Collection, Santiago, Chile. 

PHOTO CREDIT 

http://as.americas-society.org/exhibit.php?id=5

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Mapuche_Machis.jpg

http://www.enotes.com/topic/Mapuche_religion

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http://www.amazon.com/Shamans-Foye-Tree-Healing-Chilean/dp/0292716591

 

Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power, and Healing among Chilean Mapuche

 

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Mapuche Machi’s Rewe Shaman’s ledder iconography close point of contact with the archaic figures of Western Nepal

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THE ICONOGRAPHY OF THE SHAMANISTIC  LEDDERS  SCULPTURES AND MASKS
OF THE MAPUCHE PEOPLE OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
HAS CLOSE POINT OF CONTACT WITH THE
STYLE OF THE MORE ARCHAIC FIGURES AND MASKS OF THE
WESTERN NEPAL

 

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Mapuche Machi’s Rewe (shaman’s ladder)

Mapuche Art at the Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández

BUENOS AIRES

ARGENTINA

PHOTO CREDIT

http://amazingbuenosaires.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html

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The Mapuche shamans called Machi have ritual objects to carry out the ceremony for each medical treatment
 or pleading ritual.

The Mapuche developed the art of stone and wood sculpture with the intention of establishing
communication between Ngünechen (the deity that governs the world) and human beings.

The new shaman provides her- or himself with a wooden pole called Kemukemu.

This pole is transformed into a sacred Rewe (clean and pure space) when she or he is initiated into the realm of a devoted
 Machi in a ritual called Ngeykurewen.

The first Rewe of a Machi has four steps carved into its front, representing the four main sacred spaces.

 

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http://www.csulb.edu/~csnider/dickinson.shamanism.html

These steps end at the top of the pole with a carved head representing the human spirits involved in the pleading ceremony.

The Rewe is placed to the right side in front of the Machi’s home.

The Rewe is a means of transportation used by the Machi to reach Wenu Mapu—or the blue space above, where the deities
live—to maintain communication with the sacred spirits.

With time, the Machi acquires new power and skills to appeal for the blessings of Ngünechen and fight against the evil
spirits.

Each new spiritual power merits a new sacred step carved into the pole. This eight-step Rewe seems to have belonged to an
experienced, accomplished Machi with sufficient knowledge and strength to propitiate communication with Ngünechen.

This necessary spiritual mediation allows her or him to face the strongest evil spirits and bring back the right
equilibrium for the community in times of danger or calamity.

TEXT BY

María Catrileo (Mapuche), linguist, Universidad Austral de Chile

CREDIT

http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/patagonia/175773.html

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Wooden sculptures in the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art in Santiago, Chile. These are 19th century grave effigies carved by the local Mapuche indigenous people.

PHOTO CREDIT

Koppas

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Koppas

and

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mapuche_sculptures_in_Museum_of_PreColumbian_Art_Santiago3.JPG

 

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Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology
A selection of works from the Domeyko Cassel Collection, Santiago, Chile.

PHOTO CREDIT

http://as.americas-society.org/exhibit.php?id=5

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