Speaking about the ch’alla ritual: positioning and cultural perspective
Ch’alla is a libation, a sacrifice practiced in Andean Bolivia on various occasions. In respect to this libation, people classify themselves and others according to a particular world view. Language and culture appear to be entangled inextricably. Thus language opens a possibility to understand a respective worldview and provides particular insights about its culture. This cultural perspective is shaped through socialization, religious convictions, norms and prevalent values. Michael Bamberg’s positioning concept offers a way to record and analyze such a cultural perspective. ‘Positioning’ describes the phenomenon of how persons position themselves in a talk and how they are categorized by others due to this specific perspective.