2022-04-11Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/24394
Present with a taste of the past
chicha chiquitana, its recipes and its materiality
There are products that nourish the body and soul, are present daily and resist most structural transformations over time. One is maize beer or chicha in the South American continent. This paper provides a diachronic perspective on the elaboration and consumption of chicha in the lowlands of Bolivia, specifically among the Chiquitanos. This analysis highlights both alterations and constancy in the ingredients, processing and materialities involved in production of this beverage. Although a diversity of preparation techniques is used according to the culinary practices and recipes of each ethnic group, there is one important constant, namely the drink’s gustatory, symbolic and ritual importance. In this way, chicha’s domestic production and consumption are intimately related to cultural values and practices, which are decisive for strengthening the community’s identity and well-being.
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