Marilyn Cebolla Badie

Fellowship Date

March 01, 2015 to April 30, 2015

Project

Rituales de iniciación entre los Mbya-Guaraní del nordeste de Argentina: Un estudio comparativo con sociedades amazónicas y de tierras bajas sudamericanas/ Rituals of Initiation among the Mbya-Guaraní of Northeastern Argentina: A Comparative Study of Amazonian and South American Lowlands Societies.
Los rituales de pasaje a la madurez sexual entre los mbya (familia lingüística tupi-guaraní) remarcan las características de lo que se concibe como universos femenino y masculino en la cultura.  Actualmente, ante los cambios que enfrentan los mbya debido al contac to permanente en la sociedad nacional, ya no se realizan en forma completa afectando la educación tradicional de los niños y la armonía en comunidad.  Esta situación se repite en diversos grupos étnicos de Latinoamérica y está enmarcada en una problemática mayor ligada a los conflictos por las tierras y la desaparición de la selva./
 
Rites of passage to sexual maturity in Mbya culture (of the Tupi-Guaraní linguistic family) take into explicit account characteristics of what are conceived as male and female. At present, due to sustained contact with Argentine national society, these rites are being conducted in an incomplete way, which affects the traditional education of children as well as social harmony in civic life. This situation is found in many different ethnic groups in Latin America and it is framed within the broader context of struggles over land and the extinction of the rain forest.
 

 

Biography

Marilyn Cebolla Badie teaches ethnology, ethnobiology, and inter-ethnic relations in the Department of Social Anthropology of Universidad Nacional de Misiones (Argentina).  She holds a Licenciatura in Social Anthropology from Universidad Nacional de Misiones, a Diploma in Advanced Studies and a  PhD in Social Anthropology from the Universidad de Barcelona (Spain).  Dr. Cebolla is a recognized authority on the Mbya Guaraní, and has published widely on their social, linguistic and cultural aspects of this community.  Her book on cosmology and nature among the Mbya Guaraní is forthcoming in Editorial Biblos later this year.