Journal Article

Inca of the Blood, Inca of the Soul: Embodiment, Emotion, and Racialization in the Peruvian Mystical Tourist Industry

Michael Hill

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 76, issue 2, pages 251-279
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfn007
Inca of the Blood, Inca of the Soul: Embodiment, Emotion, and Racialization in the Peruvian Mystical Tourist Industry

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In the context of the globalizing New Age movement and of the “turismo mistico” (mystical tourism) industry emanating from Peru, white and mestizo New Age practitioners and tourists fashion ideologies emphasizing the spiritual energy which supposedly resides in Quechua bodies, even as they freely appropriate Quechua cosmology and ritual for a hybridized New Age Andean spirituality. This case shows how racialized structural inequalities are expressed and experienced by tourists and New Age movement leaders through particular, essentialist representations of the body and through a common repertoire of emotional responses to inequality, commodification, and privilege. The paper provides an ethnographic account of how racialization may be perpetuated, negotiated, and resisted through religious systems, particularly through the work of constructing ideologies and experiences of the body and of emotional subjectivity.

Journal Article.  10124 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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