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Resource ID: #14904
Subject: Religion
Source: Outside Magazine
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Date: July

Description

The Yanomami remain the world's largest Stone Age tribe; its 22,000 members roam a huge rainforest reserve that extends from northenmost Brazil into Venezuela. The government couldn't douse the biggest fires in Amazon history, but a pair of shamans did just fine: chanting and ritualizing until the rains came and the inferno was reduced to sodden ash. Some Yanomami viewed the smoke as a sign of the apocalypse, some believed it portended an epidemic and others feared that animals and humans would switch bodies. But even shamans can't repel the hazards the tribe face next.

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