Tiwanaku Influence on Local Drinking Patterns in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Karen Anderson

in Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033068
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038575 | DOI:
Tiwanaku Influence on Local Drinking Patterns in Cochabamba, Bolivia

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This chapter investigates the spread of the Tiwanaku drinking culture (ad 600–1100) by addressing shifts in the drinking cup assemblages found at sites in the Cochabamba Valley of highland Bolivia. Drinking behavior changed radically as it became widespread during the period of Tiwanaku influence and transformed again after that influence waned. The chapter specifically explores drinking vessels, including changes in style, archaeological context, and importance. There were significant changes which occurred in local drinking practices when Cochabamba was integrated into the Tiwanaku political economy. In sum, Tiwanaku drinking customs promoted social cohesion at the household level, at home, and abroad, using paraphernalia heavily coded with state symbols. So powerful was this tradition that it radically changed Cochabamba, an area with a preexisting chicha tradition in which the drink was nothing new.

Keywords: Tiwanaku influence; drinking culture; drinking cup; Cochabamba Valley; drinking behavior; political economy; social cohesion

Chapter.  11029 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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