Friday, March 4, 2016

Yanomami Religion And Beliefs

Religion of the Yanomami

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The Yanomami believe that cosmos consist of four different layers. The upper layer is empty, but it used to be occupied by ancient beings who are now in the lower layers. The second layer, which we can see as the sky, is the home of spirits of dead men and women. It resembles earth, except for having better hunting, the food is tastier etc. In other terms this is the heaven for the Yanomami. The third layer (one of the lowest layer) is the earth as we know it. The lowest layer is the so called underworld or hell is where the Amahi-teri live, who are ancient spirits that bring harm upon humans.

After Death

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The Yanomami believe that when they die they will go to hedu (heaven) which is the layer right above earth. The Yanomami believe that they have to face a spirit which asks them if they have been good or bad, this spirit decides weather they go to heaven (hedu) or hell (hei). The Yanomami don't worry about this too much, as they believe that this spirit is easy to trick, therefore they don't feel that their actions in life will be mirrored to their fate after death. When someone dies, the Yanomami burn the corpse very quickly, while the women and the children flee the village as to not be polluted by the smoke. The men then collect and pulverise the bones and pour the ash into a set of gourds that are stored in the village. After about one year they hold a mortuary ceremony (reahu) Close relatives, co-villagers and allies consume the ash, which is mixed into a trough of planait soup.

By: George Hollo
"Yanomamö - Religion and Expressive Culture." Religion and Expressive Culture. Countries and Their Cultures, n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2016.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Language and Clothing

The Yanomami Language:
The Yanomami language consists of 5 languages which are similar to each other Yanam Sanuma Ninam Yanam. People from different tribes cannot understand each other sometimes. To understand each other they use basic vowels a,e,i,o,u. In Yanomami language if a vowel is nasalized, which means that they say it with he air escaping their nose, then the words after it are also nasalized. This is a way of understanding each other.
Sometimes they use basic gestures to understand each other. The Yanomami have different ways to communicate, when they smell something bad they put one finger in their nose, when someone hears something bad, he will close his eyes, cover his ears, then turn around and shake his head, then spit on the ground to show that he hates what he is hearing. The reason their language is very interesting is because their is always a way to understand each other by doing gestures or using vowels, and that’s something that we lack nowadays to understand each others.

Yanomami Clothing: 
Yanomami clothing depends on their ranking. If you are higher ranked then you would be wearing less clothes, but more decoration and if you are lower ranked you would wear normal Yanomami clothing, like weaved clothes. Little kids tend to not wear anything, and the Yanomami do not wear any shoes. Yanomami paint their bodies with different colors. They use many red dyes seeds, and other colors that comes from fruits or seeds. Yanonami girls like to pierce their noses, ears and lips with wooden sticks. They also like to wear armbands made out of leaves, and necklaces made out of seeds. The boys usually wear white hawk feathers on their head.
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"Yanomamo Lanuage - Cultural Anthropology @ KSU." Yanomamo Lanuage - Cultural Anthropology
@ KSU. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2016.