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the jaguar dance

Copyright © 2006 Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.

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When a person dies, his/her soul, which the Bororo call aroe,

moves into the body of certain animals, such as the jaguar

(the brazilian jaguar called onça pintada).

There they were painted as our jaguar, and dancing very low,

moving their heads to both sides, slowly... was a beautiful moment.


Their funeral "creates and re-creates Bororo society, revealing

the mysteries of a society that makes of death a moment for the

reaffirmation of life" (Novaes, 1992) - at Instituto Sócio Ambiental


Here are some details of their cerimonial life


>This picture was made at the Indigenous Meeting at Betioga city.

They are Bororo People, and population is about 1.024 (in 1997),

living in the state of Mato Grosso.

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Taken on April 22, 2006