Festival for the Dead

The Quarup or Kuarup is the principal funeral ritual of the Indians of the Xingu. It is a gathering of all neighbouring tribes to celebrate life, death, and rebirth. One of its central events is the presentation of all young girls who have experienced menarche since the last quarup and whose time has come to choose a partner, they tint their bodies and wear many ornaments and dance. It is a festival for the dead


A Waura Indian man paints his face to participate in this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. This year the Waura tribe honoured their late cacique (chief), Atamai, who died in 2012, for his work creating the Xingu Park and his important contribution in facilitating communication between white Brazilians and Indians. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian girl carries a smaller child during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


Waura Indians participate in a ceremony during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 25, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian weaves during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


Waura Indians participate in the fire ritual during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian leans on the wing of a small plane during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 25, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian man washes his face next to a satellite dish, during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


Waura Indians wrestle during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 25, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian girl holds a pet monkey during this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 25, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


Waura Indian men wait outside a hut for the start of the ceremonies of this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian man paints his face to participate in this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)


A Waura Indian woman watches the activities of this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

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