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The truth of experience and its communication: Reflections on Mapuche epistemology
Anthropological Theory 2015, Vol. 15 (2) 141–157
González Gálvez, Marcelo
This paper explores certain ideas among rural Mapuche people in southern Chile regarding the epistemological status of experience. Drawing on a notion I call the singularity of personal experience', I explore why each experience, as something inherently personal, is understood as always necessarily true. I then move forward to look at how this diversity of experiential truths is manifest in social life, giving it a characteristic sense of uncertainty. Finally, I examine how rural Mapuche people believe it possible to overcome this singularity of experience, in order to create a sense of collectiveness, by establishing and nurturing social relationships.