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Unformatted text preview: Courtney Pleva, October 19, 2010 Conklin, Beth A. Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society . Austin, TX: University of Texas, 2001. Chapter 7: Embodied Identities, Pages 132-156 Summary This chapter examines how the Wari do not see the outer form of a person as a symbol for identity, but they see the body as the site where personal identity exists and social relationships develop. The two major aspects of the Wari person, (jami-) and (kwere-), spirit and body respectively, are described. All human beings have a spirit which resides in the body. A spirit may leave the body during dreams, serious illnesses, or deep emotional malaise and when this happens, the body loses consciousness fully or partially. The spirit leaving the body usually is an omen for death in the near future. Unhappy spirits will often leave the body and this is why food and personal belongings are constantly being shared among neighbors and family. This also is why physical contact amongst community members is crucial to among neighbors and family....
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