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.