Pots, Brewers, and Hosts

Justin Jennings and Melissa Chatfield

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:
Pots, Brewers, and Hosts

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This chapter reviews the relationship between increasing pot size in the archaeological record and the curtailment of women's power. By looking at how pots were made, how chicha was brewed, and how parties were thrown within the traditional domestic economy of the twentieth century, it is suggested that a sense of the consequences of the supplanting of domestic production of ceramics and brewing by specialists can be obtained. It specifically investigates the use of smaller pots for household-level feasting in the central Andes today in order to explore the implications for the production and use of big beer pots for state-sponsored feasts in the past. It argues that smaller pots are used today because women often produce chicha in the home. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that past domestic production in many regions of the ancient Andes was broadly similar to traditional arrangements found in the region today.

Keywords: pots; brewers; women's power; Andean feasting; chicha; ceramics; brewing; Andes

Chapter.  11526 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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