Consuming Grief Ch10

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Michelle Ortner and Tom Mergogey October 28 th , 2010 Conklin, Beth A. Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society. Austin, TX: University of Texas, 2001. Print. Chapter 10 Pages 205-223 Chapter ten continues to discuss the roles the Wari’ have with predator and prey. This is accomplished by acknowledging the transition a Wari’ spirit makes after death. When a Wari’ dies, the spirit separates from the body. At first this transition causes the spirit and body to appear dim and distorted to one another, yet as they accept the final changes of death, they can once again perceive one another clearly. New spirits usually have a harder time to adjust to this change because they miss their relatives and are still connected to memories. Because of this, ancestors will often appear out of a body of water as a white-lipped peccary. The peccary will approach a Wari’ hunter, who are usually the close relative of the spirit, and present itself to be shot, ensuring meat will go to the spirit’s family. The spirit does this to show its relatives that they still remember and care for them, and therefore provide them with food. The killing ritual of a peccary is much like the huroroin and hutop parties. The hunter’s shot does not harm the spirit, because it cannot be killed. Before butchering the peccary for the meat, the Shaman determines the spirit residing inside. The Wari’ then give gifts to the spirits inside the killed white-lipped peccaries, such as bows, arrows, and baskets. The hunter tells the spirit to carry the gifts to the underworld and tell the other ancestors. This ensures the ancestors will know the Wari’ are generous, and entices them to appear as a peccary to be hunted in order to obtain gifts too. The spirit then leaves the peccary body to return to the water, and wait to emerge once again as a white- lipped peccary. The ancestors emerge as a white-lipped peccary because their meat is considered most nourishing to the Wari’. Also, because white-lipped peccaries travel in large herds, it is easy to understand why they could be associated with a group of human beings or spirits. The idea of a spirit emerging from the water comes from an old myth
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2011 for the course ANT 101 taught by Professor Stafcas during the Fall '10 term at West Chester.

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