La cura de la angustia en la cosmovisión andina


Fright and the evil of fright
(from «wild» thought to psychoanalysis)

Diana Braceras


This material was part of the doctoral thesis of Diana Braceras, at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. The cures for anxiety syndromes diagnosed as susto and mal de espanto, in the treatments carried out by the healers of traditional knowledge of the Qolla or Qheschwa-aymara culture, comply with discursive logical operations -they cure by word-, according to certain notions and categories who elucidates psychoanalysis with his clinic, following the developments of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, in other cultural contexts.

The author adds to her anthropological investigation of medicinal practices in Andean territories her specialization and trajectory in psychoanalysis, as a theoretical instrument to account for the effectiveness of cures that until this work were considered magical therapeutics.

Hegemonic monoculturalism, derived from the spread of Judeo-Christian monotheism and the patriarchal nuclear family, can also be a relative worldview. Shortly after noticing the internal colonialism that reproduces the chain of subordination and intranational ignorance, we find ourselves with what Rodolfo Kush called being American, with another genealogical root, the one that descends from the earth, from Pachamama and not from the boats.

This comparative study is confirmatory of Lévi-Strauss’s intuition, when he stated that what the West supposes as wild thought had the capacity to anticipate science itself and methods or results that it would not assimilate, except at an advanced stage of its development. A testimony of what constitutes the fourth narcissistic wound of Eurocentric humanity.

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Peso 0,360 kg
Dimensiones 23 × 16 cm




Segunda edición

Noviembre 2020



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