Anne Goletz
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Alemania


This paper examines the oneiric knowledge transmission/reception between the armadillo Kamashrhush and the wise woman Diocelina as a specific and highly individual human-animal relationship. In the context of an Anthropology of Dreaming dominated by the notion of soul-travels, this paper discusses the passive and embodied manner of Sokorpa dream experiences shaped by the visit from the other-than-human realm into the dreamer’s everyday life. Furthermore, it highlights the cooperative nature of the relationship between Diocelina and Kamashrhush against the backdrop of armadillo-human practices based on (respectful) hunting and avoidance. It proposes ontological similarization as a means for social interactions with other-than-human beings that go without transformation and ontological boundary crossing, elements considered as the core components of interspecies communication in Amazonian anthropological theories.

Keywords: anthropology of dreaming; animal-human relation, knowledge transmission, Yukpa, Colombia.