The Bororo are Gê speakers living in central Mato Grosso, Brazil, in three clusters of nine villages. The traditional economy was based on hunting, fishing, gathering, and horticulture. One hundred and fifty years of warfare, disease, and dislocation have decimated the Bororo population. Although some Bororo seek to maintain as much as possible of their traditional culture, regular contact with Brazilians has meant assimilation for many of them. The Bororo have become farmers, wage laborers, producers of items for the tourist trade, and consumers of commercial goods.
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South America --Eastern South America
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AIJE-DOGE -- powerful aquatic AROE spirits -- category 776
AROE MAIWU -- "new soul"; a man who represents the deceased and becomes the "ritual son" of the deceased's parents -- category 608
AROE -- cult of the dead; spirits of the dead -- categories 775, 769
AROETTAWARARI -- a shaman whose functions are very similar to that of the BARI and who sometimes acts in both offices -- category 756
BAIMANAGEJEWU -- see BAITO
BAITO -- the Great Hut or men's house -- category 345
BARI -- the shaman -- category 756
BOPE -- evil spirits; souls of the dead; spirits that never lived -- categories 775 and 776
callers -- heralds or criers -- category 203
IMARUGO -- the midwife -- categories 844, 759
IORUBODARE -- the boy's initiation sponsor -- categories 881, 616, 608
MAEREBOE -- see BOPE
WAIKURU -- see BOPE