Life with the Yawalapiti Tribe in Brazil

“Deep in the Brazilian heartland, where the upper reaches of the Amazon Basin dissolve into the central plateau, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the village of joy. The mood was one of celebration. The Yawalapiti, one of the 14 tribes living inside the Xingu National Park, were preparing a new “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honor in death a person of great importance to them. In its original form, the quarup was a funeral ritual intended to bring the dead back to life. Today, it is a celebration of life, death and rebirth”. – Ueslei Marcelino via Reuters

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A bird perches on a tree in front of the full moon in the Yawalapiti village in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, May 5, 2012. The Yawalapiti, one of the 14 tribes living in the Xingu Park, are preparing to hold in August a new quarup to honor one of their late caciques as well as Darcy Ribeiro, a late Brazilian author, anthropologist and politician. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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