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    Kinship with Monkeys
    The Guaja Foragers of Eastern Amazonia

    by Loretta A. Cormier

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    • Author: Loretta A. Cormier
    • Publisher: Columbia University Press
    • Language: english
    • ISBN: 9780231125246 (0231125240)
    • Release date: September 24, 2003
    • Format: hardcover, 234 pages
    • Genres: anthropology

    About The Book

    Intrigued by a slide showing a woman breast-feeding a monkey, anthropologist Loretta A. Cormier spent 15 months living among the Guaja, a foraging people in a remote area of Brazil. The result is this ethnographic study of the extraordinary relationship between the Guaja Indians and monkeys. While monkeys are a key food source for the Guaja, certain pet monkeys have a quasi-human status. Some infant monkeys are adopted and nurtured as human children, while others are consumed in ritual practices of symbolic cannibalism. central theme of Cormier’s research: how can monkeys be both eaten as food and nurtured as children? Her research reveals that monkeys play a vital role in Guaja society, ecology, economy and religion. In Guaja animistic beliefs all forms of plant and animal life — especially monkeys — have souls and are woven into a comprehensive kinship system. Therefore, all consumption can be considered a form of cannibalism. beyond Amazonia, including a discussion of Western perceptions of primates.

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