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SANCHES BARRETO, Silvio. Urine transforms to sweat for farm work. Rev. urug. Antropología y Etnografía [online]. 2021, vol.6, n.2, pp.151-173.  Epub Dec 01, 2021. ISSN 2393-7068.

This article presents two narratives of Yukí-masí and Ba’asehé-Boo. The narratives are from the Upper Tiquié River, of the Tuyuka people, in northwestern Amazonia. Yukí-masí is forest people, the creator of the turi-tree to weave the turi basket to carry manioc, cassava and forest fruits. For a shaman, trees are masâ/people of the forest who have a social structure as well as human people. These people are dangerous and can attack a newborn child, a postpartum shelter mother, and the young woman at menarche, for this reason, the shaman has to protect his body and soul, when he goes to the fields. The shaman has to offer a gourd of coca powder, a cigarette, a gourd of caxiri and a good seat so that he doesn’t feel awkward and uncomfortable. Ba’asehé-Boo is the owner of maniva, the owner of food for humanity. The garden was Ba’asehé-Boo’s own body, the stalk is the body, branches are the palms of the hands, the toes are cassava and its derivatives. At the beginning of the story, the gardens were cleaned and so they lived very happily for a while, however, there was a break in advice, haste and curiosity for Ba’asehé-Boo’s wives. Due to this tragic fact, other elements that are not edible began to appear. Urine is a transforming element, as it watered new elements and a new way of working. For women from the Oriental Tukano Linguistic Trunk you have to have a vegetable synergy to have the Indian bread transmuted to be a good person.

Keywords : Ba’asehé-Boo; crops; maniva; urine; transformation.

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