Insects and demons. The origins of a diabolical figure in the Bolivian Andes

Dimitri Karadimas

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The purpose of this contribution is to demonstrate that by taking up the question of the characters’ identity that appears in the thief’s legend, not only is it possible to draw a real filiation with the pre-Columbian divinity, but also to show in addition that the latter is an anthropomorphised form of a parasitoid wasp whose modality of reproduction is connected to the deity. 

Keywords: Amazon; Andes; Diablo


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13125/americacritica/3380

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