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ABSTRACT. The transmission of shamanic information through words is not enough: the em-bodi-ment of knowledge acquires central importance. This paper introduces the testimony of a sikuani shaman named Clemente Gaitán. In Clemente’s childhood memories, participation in the “Way of the Gods” dance (Tsamanimonae Petajunamuto) appears as a turning point. It is a collective dance that is clearly differentiated from those known as feast dances, which are held at harvest times, and from those performed during itomo, the second burial ceremony. The Way of the Gods dance integrates the ancient traditions and the tangible experience of healing and transforming the world through the embodiment of knowledge in the sentient body of a dance-thinker. Dance is not only movement but the actual embodiment of information. pp. 15–30

Keywords: Sikuani knowledge; indigenous dancing; embodied memory; dance-thinker

FLOR ANGELA BUITRAGO ESCOBAR
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Universidad de los Andes
HERMES GAITÁN QUINTERO
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Universidad Externado de Colombia

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