La Danza de la Yumbada en el Barrio la Magdalena

Translated title of the contribution: The Dance of the Yumbada in the Barrio la Magdalena

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This book reflects on the yumbada that takes place year after year in the neighborhood of La Magdalena in the city of Quito. The yumbada is an indigenous and mestizo ritual dance that has been performed for generations. It is manifested in public places where the conception of the world, the human being, time and space are exposed. It is a representation of religious character because it invokes the sacred and interrupts the daily time; it dramatizes social problems within the community and concludes with a sacrificial act destined to achieve the reestablishment of the social and community order. This work arises from problems that link the modernity of Metropolitan Quito with the magical conception of the indigenous and mestizo peoples. At the same time it raises questions, proposes answers supported by contemporary symbolic, economic and urban anthropology, and provides insights into the intercultural character of a Latin American metropolis.
Translated title of the contributionThe Dance of the Yumbada in the Barrio la Magdalena
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
PublisherEditorial Universitaria Abya-Yala
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)978-9978-10-291-6
StatePublished - 27 Feb 2018


  • Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Fiesta
  • Magdalena
  • Yumbada
  • Yumbos

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 413A Social and Cultural Studies


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