A man discusses placing Buriti leaves around a house as a girl bathes for the Festa de Moca; she has been touched by a Sucuri (anaconda). Despite her mother's healing efforts, she turns into a Sucuri and her father kills her.
A Nambiquara man says the Sucuri urinates, creating a rainbow. Children must stay with their mothers or they will become ill. Sucuris trick people who run away; talking is the best form of escape. Eating the Sucuri brings storms.
A man describes God as all around but invisible. When believers die, they join God and the spirit realm. They must remain pure in life to call on spirits; hear how healers consult with spirits.
Burying the dead carelessly makes the sky dark; the Spirit takes family members of a transgressor. Deceased people are buried oriented along the solar axis with their possessions. Their spirits return to shamans with messages for their families.
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This program by anthropologist Barrie Machin features Nambiquarans discussing their religion.
Length: 16 minutes
Copyright date: ©1989
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