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A Double-Headed Turtle God

Un dieu Tortue à double tête
Richard G. Cooke
p. 5-20

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Greater Coclé Culture and the Art of Sitio Conte
Gods, Turtles, and Psittacids

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When I was asked to comment on the illustration printed on the cover of the first (1961) volume of the journal L’Homme, I was honored to have my name associated with the inimitable Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of structuralist anthropology, which was nurtured by the tropical forests of Brazil and nourished by the exceptionally diverse ethnic groups whose forebears had lived there for millennia. I myself am an archaeologist, and when I arrived in the Republic of Panama in 1969 to begin the fieldwork for my PhD thesis at the Institute of Archaeology in London, I was thrilled from the outset by the great diversity of birds that were all around me. My favorite pastime since the age of four has been birdwatching. Finding hundreds of bird bones in the domestic refuse of the ancient villages of Coclé alleviated the hard slog of many desiccating dry season days. In fact, I have spent most of my fifty-year career in Panama conducting my excavations not in rainforests, but in the seasonal...

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Richard G. Cooke, « A Double-Headed Turtle God »L’Homme, 238 | 2021, 5-20.

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Richard G. Cooke, « A Double-Headed Turtle God »L’Homme [En ligne], 238 | 2021, mis en ligne le 02 janvier 2024, consulté le 30 novembre 2022. URL : ; DOI :

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Richard G. Cooke

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Ciudad del Saber, Panamá

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