Consuming Grief Ch11

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Kayla Taylor November 2, 2010 Conklin, Beth A. Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society . Austin, TX: University of Texas, 2001. Print. Chapter 11 p. 224-239 Summary: Chapter 11, the last chapter of the book, discusses transforming grief. Conklin starts out the chapter with her return to the Wari tribe after being away for 4 years. She returned to the village that she was very familiar with, but it all seemed different now. She returns to the family and the people that she had spent so much time with, but that had all changed. Her friend, Tocohwet Pijo’ had died. The family had gone through the ritual traditions of the Wari and the traces of her house and the surrounding had been changed. Tocohwet Pijo’sdaughter, Elsa still lived in the village and told Conklin what had happened. Conklin discusses with the women that she had recently lost her brother. This was a very hard time for Conklin and she writes that no one from her culture asked questions and were not as open about it as the women from the Wari tribe. She explains that in the Wari tribe, the “welcome of tears” is often in practice. When someone has been away for an extended period of time, the first information shared upon their return is about who has died. In this chapter, Conklin also goes into detail about the eating of the corpse and its significance. She explains that by eating the corpse as if it were game, the Wari are blurring the line between animal and human, making the dead part of them (wari’) and foreign to them (karawa). After someone dies and is consumed, the spirit becomes a white lipped peccary. The peccary will then be hunted and consumed by the Wari people. This creates an endless cycle of interactions between the Wari, the animals, and the spirits. The death of a family member has a significant effect on the family because it usually means that the family will have fewer resources and there will be less hunting after the loss of a
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