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Indigenous Amazonian Maloka
 
Photograph of a typical indigenous amazonian maloka (longhouse) located in the Amazon rain forest of South America.   During the day, the women sit on a bench near the entrance using the daylight to work.  Many indigenous tribes believe that animal spirits inhabit the maloka.  Some tribes such as the Matis and Marubo tribes decorate the inside of the maloka with animal remains such as the jaws of wild boars.  In addition, many amazonian tribes have a tradition of burning the maloka when someone dies and using it to cremate the remains of the deceased. 

 


 
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