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Animism, cannibalism, and pet-keeping among the guaja of eastern amazonia

By Loretta A. Cormier

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Recent work in Amazonian religion, sociality, and ecological adaptation have addressed the interrelationships among animism, cannibalism, and pet-keeping. In this article, I attempt to reconcile these works with the beliefs and behaviors of the Guajá of eastern Amazonia. I argue that the specific configuration of animism, cannibalism, and pet-keeping among the Guajá relates to their social organization and mode of production as hunter-gatherers. Obras recentes tratando da religião, socialidade, e adaptação ecológica na Amazonia têm demonstrado as relações entre o animismo, o canibalismo, e a prática de criar animais de estimação. Neste trabalho, eu tento reconciliar estas obras com as crenças e os comportamentos dos Guajá da Amazônia oriental. Meu argumento é que a configuração específica de animismo, canibalismo, e a prática de criar animais de estimação está ligada à sua organização social e à sua estratégia de de subsistência como caçadores-coletores.

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Stephanie Schaffner

Date 2003
Publication Title Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America
Volume 1
Issue 1
URL https://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/tipiti/vol1/iss1/5/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Amazon
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Behavioral research
  5. Belief
  6. Cannibalism
  7. Foods
  8. open access
  9. Pet ownership
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. Social marginalization
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  1. open access