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Kallawaya Tribe (Kallawayas)

Language: Kallawaya is a ritual language of Bolivia, made up of a mixture of Andean languages (Quechua, Puquina, and Aymara.) This language is used primarily for religious purposes by a sect of traditional healers called the kallawayas.

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Names: Kallawaya is an indigenous word meaning "medicine." It refers to the traditional medicine men, and has become the name for their ritual language as well. This name is also spelled many other ways including Callawalla, Kallawalla, Kallawallas, Callahuaya, and Qollahuaya.

Kallawaya Language Links

The Kallawaya Language Project:
    Information on the Kallawaya language including description, audio files, and language preservation information.
Callawalla Language:
    Kallawaya language resources, in Spanish and in English.
The secret language of the Kallawaya Medicine Men:
    News article about the endangered Kallawaya language and its importance.
Pohena (Callahuaya) Language:
    Theories about Kallawaya language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Wikipedia: Callahuaya Language:
    Encyclopedia entry about the Kallawaya language.

Kallawaya Culture and History Links

Kallawaya: The Sacred Healers of the Andes:
    Article on the Kallawaya healing tradition.
Kallawayas: The Nomadic Medicine Men of Bolivia:
    Historical and cultural information about the Kallawaya community.

Kallawaya Books for Sale Online

Healers of the Andes: Kallawaya Herbalists and Their Medicinal Plants:
    Book about the Kallawaya Indians and their traditional knowledge.
White, Grey and Black Kallawaya Healing Rituals:
    Book about the religious practices of the Kallawaya healers.
The Languages of the Andes:
    Linguistic information about Callahuaya and dozens of other Andean languages.
Los kallawayas: Medicina indígena en los Andes bolivianos:
    Book in Spanish about the Kallawaya people.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Lengua Callahuaya * Los Kallawaya * Idioma kallawaya:
Information about the Kallawayas and their language in Spanish.



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