Canela - The Canela 1 The Canela Indians of Brazil culture...

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The Canela 1 The Canela Indians of Brazil culture is very different, especially when comparing it to the European based cultures. In a region where many other groups have ceased to exist, the Canela has survived and is continuing to grow and change. Their culture is evident in their expectations, values, perspectives, and rituals. One aspect of their culture that is particularly fascinating is their rituals. If you look at our own culture you may not think we have many rituals, but when you take a closer look realize we do have many rituals, but we just have many different names for them. Traditions, holidays, religion, festivals are all types of rituals, and how you celebrate and practice these rituals depends on your cultural upbringing. In the Canela Indians there are many rituals done to increase bonding among the community. Their are also life cycle rites, these are where the individual's relationship to the tribe is defined. Two of these life cycle rites are ear piercing rite and rites done for death and mourning (Crocker 72). The ear piercing rite is important rite for the young boys in the tribe. Both ears are pierced, then gradually larger wooden plugs are put in. The Canela men believe that their pierced ears make them more attractive and desirable to women. The symbolic meaning is seen as opening up the boys to receive information from their
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ANTHRO 201 taught by Professor Viatori during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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