Trading In Yanomami Culture

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Trading in Yanomami culture is an important reciprocal feature in their alliance system. While being able to exchange the “specialty” of each village it also establishes interdependence with one another. It does not matter whether the village has its own unique item or not. For the Yanomami, trading is a convenient excuse to form alliance and maintain peaceful ties without outwardly revealing one’s ulterior motives. It can also cause tensions and conflict when trades don’t go as planned. Feasting is another channel to create ties. It provides hosts and guests opportunities to eat, drink, and flirt. While the purpose of it may be is to strengthen their ties of mutuality, things can go wrong and initiate a chest-pounding duel that might result

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