There is a peculiar phantom rumored to haunt the rural roads of the South American Andes. The pishtaco takes the form of a tall, well-dressed white man who steals the fat from the bodies of the region's indigenous inhabitants. We explore how this monster was born out of the horrors of colonization and how it recreates itself throughout the history of Peru as the personification of oppression.
Mary Weismantel, Cholas and Pishtacos: Stories of Race and Sex in the Andes
Ernesto Vasquex Del Aguila, Pishtacos: Human Fat Murderers, Structural Inequalities and Resistances in Peru
Anthony Oliver-Smith, The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru
Peter Gose, Sacrifice and the Commodity Form in the Andes
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