Huaorani Indian Tribe
Warriors of the Amazon - Page 5 of 6
some superb handcrafts. They use achiote, a round, spiny fruit whose crushed
seeds ooze a bright red juice, to paint natural fibers and their body for
different occasions. Both men and women fabricate gorgeous collars using
seeds, wild boar teeth, and parrot feathers. The Kome is the name for the
traditional Huaorani clothing which consists of a string wrapped around the
waist that men use to tie their foreskins. The typical Huaorani hairstyle is
long hair in the back, with short bangs that go behind the ears. Elders have
pierced ears, with the earlobes hanging down like looped rings. These large
pierced earlobes are a Huaorani trademark. Younger generations have stopped
piercing, as it is a very painful process; even brave warriors complained
about the pain they had to go through in their childhood having their ears
pierced in this manner.
The Huaorani believe that when someone dies, the soul starts a journey towards heaven. On the way, in the middle of the path, a big anaconda is obstructing the way. Only brave souls can jump the boa and reach heaven. Whoever fails, returns to earth as a termite, and leads a miserable existence.
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