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Mortal RitualsWhat the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution$
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Matt Rossano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165006

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165006.001.0001

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Ritual Defeats the Mountain

Ritual Defeats the Mountain

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(p.149) Chapter Six Ritual Defeats the Mountain
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Mortal Rituals
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Matt J. Rossano

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165006.003.0007

This chapter describes the mountain expedition of Nando Parrado, Roberto Canessa, and Antonio Vizintin. Two months after the crash, the three UAF Flight 571 survivors departed from the wrecked plane to climb up over the mountain peak and descend into the valleys of Chile. They would then summon rescuers to retrieve other survivors. However, they had a very slim chance of surviving. None of them were in the kind of physical shape necessary to climb a mountain, and had no suitable equipment besides. Nonetheless, they endured cold temperature exhaustion, thirst, and hunger, and succeeded in descending into the valleys of Chile and calling for help. The chapter suggests that their rituals and their willpower had led them to overcome obstacles along the way. The ritual (prayer and meditation) that they had conducted harnessed their mind's power to bear harsh conditions.

Keywords:   Nando Parrado, Roberto Canessa, Antonio Vizintin, ritual, prayer, meditation, UAF Flight 571, crash survivors

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