PRIESTESSES, MIDWIVES, FEMALE HEALERS AND WARRIORS: Elite women on the Northern coast of Ancient Peru

Alicia Alvarado, Escudero
2015 Americanía. Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos. Nueva Época   unpublished
Archaeological findings on the Northern coast of Peru in recent decades, have allowed for bringing to light the important role played by women in the power structures in the coast. The acknowledgement that women occupied special positions in the political and religious worlds, means a significant contribution to the current analysis of pre-Hispanic society in the Northern coast of Peru. Therefore, this article looks at four of these positions occupied by elite women, and argues that they may be
more » ... es that they may be intertwined by means of a strong sense of spirituality in which the political, the religious and the social worlds can't be dissociated from one another.