Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tasurinchi

The name “Tasurinchi” is used regularly through Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller. Mascarito, during his narrative half of the book, regularly uses the name “Tasurinchi” for everything. Apparently, Tasurinchi is a pronoun used to stand for oneself, other males, and even the sun.
In the opening of Mascarito’s narrative, he tells what I assume is a creation myth, using Tasurinchi as the name of the folk hero that set out his people on their neverending walk. Mascarito goes on to describe a personal encounter with an individual of the tribe. This individual, too, bears the name of Tasurinchi. Later, as Mascarito goes more “native,” he adopts the name as a person pronoun, referring to himself as “Tasurinchi.”
I wonder what this implies about the tribe. Could it be that they possess no individual names? The women of the tribe, at least, have a name. However, I wonder if this implies a deeper significance. Could this shared name be a reflection of a sense of self that is more communal than personal? What I mean is that, perhaps a individual’s sense of self is tied to the community, and the shared name is part of that shared community. The tribesmen define themselves by their membership in the tribe.
If this is true, then what about the same name for the sun? I believe that if this is the case, then it implies a sense of kinship with nature—a further extension of the shared sense of identity. Thus, the tribesmen are part of the world around them, or at least are connected to their sun.

Comments:
nice work.
 
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