chapter  6
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Ritual and Regeneration

WithCecilia McCallum

A ‘community’ is the spatial and corporeal dimension of sociality, and the visible manifestation of the myriad processes and actions that go into its making. A ‘community’ is the spatial and corporeal dimension of sociality, and the visible manifestation of the myriad processes and actions that go into its making. It bears witness to the micro-historical processes that have produced true persons as well as to larger historical events and developments. In particular, they feed them animals’ heads, which may be taken as a symbol of immortal sexual regeneration. The trees and plants of the forest will flourish as a result of this service and the game animals and fish that men kill will eat of their fallen fruits and nuts. The immortal regeneration works like this: Heads symbolize the relationship between life and death. Yube’s spirit gives the power of sexual reproduction to humans.