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Mother Scorpion: Sex And Gender Among The Miskitu Of Nicaragua
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 18:45
Among the Miskitu, a hunter-horticulturalist-fishing people on Central America's Mosquito Coast, women's actions are centred on 'confederacies of sisters', groups of matrilineally related females. Meanwhile, men as spouses attach themselves to these confederacies from the outside, focusing on typically difficult relationships with their senior in-laws. The notion of a 'confederacy of sisters' capturing and consuming brothers-in-law or sons-in-law from outside the group finds its traditional representation in the figure of Yapti Misri, a female scorpion with hundreds of breasts.
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Martin Holbraad's main field research is in Cuba, where he focuses on Afro-Cuban religions and revolutionary politics. Having completed in 2002 his doctoral thesis on the role of oracles and money within the diviner cult of Ifà in socialist Cuba, his research since has focused on such topics as the relationship between myth and action, the consecration of objects, and, more broadly, the relationship between cosmology, politics and other forms of social invention.