Thursday, June 24, 2021

Consuming the dead


 The Yanomami tribe who reside in the Amazon rainforest bordering Venezuela and Brazil are repelled by the idea of burying the dead. They believe the no physical trace of the body should be left in order to allow the spirit to rest in peace.

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 The ash and bone powder obtained after cremation is mixed into a plantain soup which is consumed by the deceased's family. By doing this, the Yanomami believe the soul of their lost and loved one will reside within them.

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