'Une écologie symbolique des Totonaques de Huehuetla (Puebla, Mexico)

Translated title of the contribution: The symbolic ecology of the Totonac of Huehuetla (Puebla, Mexico)

Nicolas Ellison

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This paper shows how, in the present context of ecological change and regional interethnic tensions, cosmological representations and especially forest symbolism find a new meaning in the contrast between Totonac found Mestizo use of the environment. Totonac found their identity on their special relation with wooded or agro-forestry areas, using a hot/cold classificatory system. Scholars have often focused on this dualistic principle in therapeutic and culinary practices, but its application at the level of symbolic classification of ecological spaces has rarely been studied in the Mesoamerican area.
Translated title of the contributionThe symbolic ecology of the Totonac of Huehuetla (Puebla, Mexico)
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalJournal de la Société des Américanistes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Mesoamerican religion
  • ecological representations
  • kakiwin
  • hot/cold polarity
  • Totonacs
  • coffee-orchards
  • forest


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