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J. LORENZO SAA  B.

READING FOR THE HUASICAMATO OF PORTOVIEJO…

NATION - NATIONS

7* NATION (‘nationality’), means 'nation‘, as the place of birth or origin of a community ('party'), or individual; group/ethnic group to which they belong..., from which they descend, individually or collectively... (“Habitat”)

...In this case, there is NO RELATIONSHIP / NOTHING TO DO WITH the current Western concept of the Nation-State, but does relate to the concept of an ETHNIC GROUP… It originates in the AYLLU*/ AiLLU (O). (*Family grouping / clan)

…We must bear in mind that the “world” of that time (about 1500 AD) lived under a “system” of MONARCHIES, i.e., AUTOCRACIES in which the King says “The NATION-STATE is ME!” and therefore commands EVERYTHING (including property and people…”)
…When the first chroniclers wrote about “countries”, I assume that they must have been referring to one or more regions-territories-places, of ancestral origin or location of the “Indians”. (See INDIANS...); so they translated these words from the original languages into their own* with this idea, but they DID NOT interpret them, nor did future readers (interpreters / translators) into the Indian CONCEPT of NATION, in this case totally different from the ‘Western’ notion…
*We must never forget that none of the conquered peoples’ languages was ever translated or interpreted into the languages of the conquerors...

So, if an Indian were asked: What is YOUR country? (Where are you from?) (20*-Jerga), the answer would be a DESCRIPTION of the person’s region (COUNTRY=NATION), or the ethnic group / ayllu / sinches? where they were born…, so an Indian nation is ethnic and not territorial...
(Frankly, I greatly doubt that they had the Western concept of territorial BOUNDARIES per se, but they DID separate community property from personal items…)

… We see this clearly when people from the SALASACA Community* currently in the Province of Tungurahua, although this nation has been living there for over 500 years, they have NEVER, to this day, recognized or considered this territory as a local ‘nation’ of the region, and have been considered even now as “MITIMAES”*…
*Community… from commune, common, commonality, of all...
*MITIMAES;… strangers, outsiders, brought from elsewhere - ‘nation’…,’foreigners’,
of “another” race / ethnic origin / AYLLU”.


 


 

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