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EBC 43397


Specimen Notes:
  • Source: Spruce, R. (1855) Domestic Uses. Plantae Amazonicae. Domestic uses (pp31-61) and miscellaneous notes, p 15.: Called Tacae by the Cubeú Indians who wore them in their funeral feasts. The shirt is of Tururí morotenga and covers head and body as far as hips where its is kept in form by a hoop to which is fastened a fringe 2ft or more long of shreds of fibre of inner bark of Sapucaya castanka ( as the large fruits Leythides are called). Upwards extends in a ?í above the head this generally surmounted by an appendage in the form of an hourglass, 7 or 8 inches long of Tururí on a framework of strips of Uarumi. The common red Tururí is an Artcaipea gathered near San Gabriel and apparently Upper Rio Negro and Uaupés. In Venezuela it is called Marima.

    Source: Spruce, R (1851-1855). Journals from Barra to the Orinoco, from Barra to Tarapoto and notes on the uses of Amazon plants and on cryptograms, p76: Amongst Cubeú Indians, when a person dies the funeral is conducted in much the same way as the Taninas, but when the flesh of the corpse is supposed to be decayed which occurs in six to twelve months it is disinterred, the bones carefully cleaned and burnt to ashes; in which state they are mingled with [alcoholic beverage] and drunk at a high festival, where figure all the parents and friends of the deceased. It is on these occasions that the shirts of the Tururí are worn and its worthy of remark they are always made new for the ceremony and after its conclusion destroyed. Two men (nearest relatives of the deceased) wear shirts blackened all over and their proceedings are limited to walking about and making long speeches to each other. Two others wear shirts of common red Tururí - their function seems to keep guard on the outskirts of the place where the festival is held. As to next, each acts an impromptu part in a sort of pantomime where the 'dramatic persons'? are supposed to be animals. Monkeys climb about the house and perform all sorts of perilous antics. Spiders twine cords in every direction round stakes stuck in the ground. Butterflies with extended arms float about among other performers. Those who enact butterflies have butterflies stuck to their shirts and similarly appropriate movements characterise the tapirs etc
  • Record posted on March 27, 2009 and last updated March 27, 2009