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A Decolonial Philosophy of Indigenous Colombia
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Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Generalities of Kamentsa Culture
  2. A Philosophical Approach to Kamentsa Culture

Chapter 1 - Time in Kamentsa Culture

  1. Two Conceptions of Time
  2. Time as History
    1. Sibundoy at the Time of the Early Spanish Conquistadors
    2. Carlos Tamabioy's Legacy in Land Ownership
    3. Capuchin Missionaries and the Division of Land in the Sibundoy Valley
  1. Time as Primary Experience
    1. Storytelling as Constituted Symbol
    2. Scholarship on Storytelling as Constituted Symbol
    3. Storytelling as Constituting Symbol
  1. Conclusion

Chapter 2 - Beauty in Kamentsa Culture

  1. Betskante as Constituted Symbol
  2. From Betsknate to Clestrin e
  3. Betsknate as a Constituting Symbol: An Experience of Dancing
  4. The Philosophical Significance of Kamentsa Dancing
  5. Conclusion

Chapter 3 - Spirit in Kamentsa Culture

  1. Native Doctors and Rituals of Healing: The Constituted Nature of Rituals
  2. Scholarly Descriptions of Yaje
  3. Yaje ceremonies in Sibundoy: The Constituting Aspects of Yaje
  4. Conclusion

Conclusion
Bibliography

About the Author

Juan Alejandro Chindoy Chindoy is Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy at Caldas University, Manizales, Colombia and Lecturer in Philosophy of Law and Hermeneutics at Universidad Catolica Luis Amigo, Manizales, Colombia.

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This book offers a vivid investigation into the South American symbolic representations (Time, Beauty, Spirit) as well as decolonial practices of Sibundoy tribes. The Author fruitfully applies William James's radical empiricism in his veracious analyzes of tribal storytelling, dance and rituals of healing, fittingly illustrating them with his personal ritual experiences as a member of Kamentsa tribe.--Anna Kawalec, associate professor of philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
With a decidedly didactic tone and in dialogue with the American philosophical tradition, Chindoy articulates communal history and personal experience to introduce the Western reader to Time, Beauty, and Spirit as living forces in the Kamentsa culture. It is in the transformative effects of its reading that this concise volume becomes, in the author's words, a beautiful and meaningful conversation.--Enrique Alejandro Basabe, lecturer in foreign languages, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa

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