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Warao Religion

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxiii ] The Winikina-Warao, or Boat People, of the Orinoco Delta express the view of all life as a gradual process of dying, of returning to the wa , the dugout canoe-coffin which is the vagina of Dauarani, Mother of the Forest. Human life first arrived in this canoe and life is a process of returning to the womb. Warao life is orchestrated to ensure the S oul 's existence in a mythical abode; to that end, human beings and supernatural beings mutually provide for one another's needs. Religious specialists include three classes of S hamans (priest-shamans; dark shamans, who mediate with the land of the dead; and light shamans, with the land of light) and artisans (especially canoe-makers, basket-makers). [39] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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