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Consuming Grief Ch9

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Anina Fox and Samantha Siciliano October 26, 2010 Conklin, Beth A. Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society. Austin, TX: University of Texas, 2001. Print. Chapter 9 Pages 181-204 Summary Chapter 9 discusses the relationship the Wari’ had with animals, and their contrasting roles as predator and prey. It talks about reciprocal predation, as well as the relationships they had between them- selves and other animals. It also talks about what happens to the Wari’ spirits after they died. The Wari’ believed that the dead were separate from the living, and their bodies were consumed as if they were no longer part of the living community. Exocannablism was equated to an expression of contempt for a foreigner defined as a nonperson, while endocannibalism was much different, where the animal analogy was meant to be a positive image of eating and sharing meat. Unlike other societies, the Wari’ didn’t consider animals a lower life form.They believed that humans and certain animal spirits, known as jami karawa, shared a mutual predatation where the members of a group, “that kills and con- sumes members of another group will be killed and consumed by that other group if they have an ongoing relationship.” This was especially in regards to the jaguar, which they believed were their counterpart in
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