donderdag 18 augustus 2011

A Kalapalo Monster

Ellen Basso translates the Kalapalo term 'Itseke', a category of beings/phenomena that includes freak animals (monstrously large fish) and cosmological events (extremely bright moons), as monsters. The Kalapalo (a reticent people from the Xingu) believe that If you see a lot of Itseke in a short time it is probably an omen to say that your days are numbered. The image is from 'The Kalapalo Indians of Central Brazil' (1972) by Ellen basso, no further information about the artist of the circumstances is given. Also see.   

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