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As a saying goes everyone dies but no one is dead Hopkins 2002the cultural and cosmological understanding of the indigenous people in lowland Amazonian societies also believes in the same philosophy but in itsown distinctive way The focus here is in how the indigenous people relatethemselves with the death phenomena and how their conceptualisation ofdeath constructs mourning The core belief among indigenous people abouthuman is as noted by Castro 199296 they do not truly die even whenthey truly die In other words an actual death is not a real death but agateway to the other-world as they call it a world of forgotten peopleThey then becomes the enemy of living people and thus do not recognisetheir parents spouse and friends who are still alive in the society Theyonly return to hinder and annihilate the social lives of living peopleFuck off you bastard you are already dead is what the indigenouspeople shouts at dead souls to drive them away from the village This veryconcept of death entails an absolute dissociation and depersonalisation ofdead from the living society which they perform during the period ofmourning Moreover central to death phenomena is the indigenous peoplesconceptualisation of self and body and hence death a reflection ofit Mourning is interestingly an indispensable part of death and also arepresentation of it Besides showing their love and grief during mourningit is also a crucial phase for dissociating the dead from their world Manyscholars and anthropologists have defined it as a process of forgetting thedead in its strict sense Nonetheless both the concepts of death andmourning contradict to each other to a certain extent given the culturalbeliefs of low land Amazonia Humphreys 1982 165 described death as departure to theworld of the dead is a breaking- off of relations and almost like abetrayal death is a passage into the enemy camp Here the native peoplesof
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