Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian

Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society PDF/EPUB Ü Compassionate Cannibalism in an eBook ´ Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an PDF \ Consuming Grief: Epub / Compassionate Cannibalism in an eBook ´ Compassionate Cannibalism PDF/EPUB è Mourning the death of loved ones and recovering from their loss are universal human experiences, yet the gri. Mourning the death of loved ones and recovering from their loss are universal human experiences, yet the grieving process is as different between cultures as it is among individuals As late as the s, the Wari Indians of the western ian rainforest ate the roasted flesh of their dead as an expression of compassion for the deceased and for his or her close relatives By removing and transforming the corpse, which embodied ties between the living and the dead and was a focus of grief for the family of the deceased, Wari death rites helped the bereaved kin accept their loss and go on with their livesDrawing on the recollections of Wari elders who participated in consuming the dead, this book presents one of the richest, most authoritative ethnographic accounts of funerary cannibalism ever recorded Beth Conklin explores Wari conceptions of person, body, and spirit, as well as indigenous understandings of memory and emotion, to explain why the Wari felt that corpses must be destroyed and why they preferred cannibalism over cremation Her findings challenge many commonly held beliefs about cannibalism and show why, in Wari terms, it was considered the most honorable and compassionate way of treating the dead