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Consuming Grief Ch8

Consuming Grief Ch8 - Lydia Ferber Oct 18 2010 Book...

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Lydia Ferber Oct. 18, 2010 Book Citation : Conklin, A. Beth. Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society. Austin, TX. University of Texas Press, 2001. Print. Chapter 8 : Burning Sorrow Pages: 157-177 Summary : This chapter of the book gives an in depth view and analysis of the reasoning behind the idea of destruction and eradication of the bodies and effects of loved ones. It begins by clarifying the distinction between how we as westerners view the relationship of spirit and body, and that of the views of the Wari. Then moves onto the many aspects involved with bodily destruction, why, how, and the ideas and beliefs behind it. The overlaying reason for the eradication of the body and furthermore the destruction of all aspects and belongings of the deceased individual’s material and sentimental qualities was to erase the memories or the individual. This was to ease the grieving and mourning process. The Aspect of mourning is considered necessary but dangerous. Excessive grief leads to counterproductively and harm to those who are continually afflicted. If a mourner continues to think of the deceased the repercussions could include
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