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The first part, "Contexts," opens with a synthetic chapter on "Cannibal Epistemologies" that, as its title suggests, takes us through the different types of evidence that cannibalism has existed as a social practice in human history. This book is a convincing challenge to William Arens' claim, in The Man-Eating Myth , that cannibalism is purely a Western construct.

Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society

The chapter also puts into perspective Amazonian cannibalism by comparing it to medicinal cannibalism carried out for centuries in Europe. Chapter Two, "Wari' Worlds," presents an in-depth description of Wari' social organization and environment both as they were before the contact with Europeans who tried to put a stop to the cannibalistic tradition and as they evolved in the post-contact period.

The conquerors soon pressured the Wari' to abandon these practices and to adopt the custom of burying corpses instead of eating or cremating them. The second part of the book, entitled "Motifs and Motives," aims to answer why and how the Wari' practiced endocannibalism. In Chapter Four, Conklin depicts Wari' funerals in rich detail, as they were before and after the contact, and offers accounts of Wari' perspectives on illness and death.


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In "Explanations of Eating," she takes us on an intellectual journey through the various classical explanations of cannibalism: In the third part, "Bodily Connections" Conklin examines the ways in which the individual's body and its components are fitted into a network of social relations. Those relations are in part intertwined through the exchange of bodily fluids Chapter Six between parents and children, lovers, and consanguines.

Conklin explains why only affines could consume a corpse without any danger and how this act reinforced existing ties among consanguines and affines. Chapter Seven, "Embodied Identities," focuses once again on the body, but this time the author clarifies the ways in which the body serves as a central concept for defining Wari' juxtaposed identities.

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The Story of Mortuary Cannibalism's Origin pp. As late as the s, the Wari' Indians of the western Amazonian rainforest ate the roasted flesh of their dead as an U of Texas Press Bolero Ozon. Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society.

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