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Endocannibalism among the Amahuaca Indians

Transactions of the New York Academy of Sciences24 (5) • Published In 1962 • Pages: 567-573

By: Dole, Gertrude Evelyn.

Abstract
The Amahuaca practice a form of endocannibalism that involves consuming some of the pulverized bones of the deceased following burial, exhumation, and cremation. Such practice is thought to banish the deceased's spirit, which is considered malevolent. The author compares Amahuaca endocannibalism with variations practiced throughout South America and the Caribbean.
Subjects
Drives and emotions
Cannibalism
Burial practices and funerals
Eschatology
culture
Amahuaca
Region
South America
Sub Region
Amazon and Orinoco
Document Type
article
Evaluation
Ethnologist - 5
Analyst
Ian Skoggard; 2019
Coverage Date
1960-1961
Coverage Place
Varadero, Purús, Ucayali, Peru
Notes
Gertrude Dole
Includes bibliographical references (p. 572-573)
LCCN
2011203902
LCSH
Amahuaca Indians