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Bélgica Dagua, "Why Deer Don't Have Masters."

From interviews with Tod D. Swanson

Cite video as:
Tod D. Swanson, "Bélgica Dagua, 'Why Deer Don't Have Masters.'" Youtube video. 1:29. December 14, 2016. https://youtu.be/IdDXGLANcV0

Description

Bélgica Dagua argues that deer are unique in not having masters because they are the ghost of humans. Most animals have an amu , a spirit master analogous to a Hopi Kachina who protects them and causes them to flourish. To protect them these amus keep the species locked in corrals inside the mountains only letting out a few to be hunted. For this reason the animals are relatively scarce in the forest but plentiful inside the mountains.

Unlike peccaries the deer do not have amus because deer are the transformed ghosts of people who die. For this reason deer haunt the areas around their previous homes as well as their old manioc gardens. According to Bélgica there are many deer in her home community because the deer have no amu to lock them up. By contrast there are few peccary in the forest because the their amu keeps them protected inside local mountains.

A western ecologist might attribute the relative abundance of deer to hunting practices. Because deer are believed to be ghosts they are not hunted for food and consequently multiply. Peccaries by contrast are heavily hunted.

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Analysis

Bélgica Dagua argues that deer are unique in not having masters because they are the ghost of humans. Most animals have an amu , a spirit master analogous to a Hopi Kachina who protects them and causes them to flourish. To protect them these amus keep the species locked in corrals inside the mountains only letting out a few to be hunted. For this reason the animals are relatively scarce in the forest but plentiful inside the mountains. Unlike peccaries the deer do not have amus because deer are the transformed ghosts of people who die. For this reason deer haunt the areas around their previous homes as well as their old manioc gardens. According to Bélgica there are many deer in her home community because the deer have no amu to lock them up. By contrast there are few peccary in the forest because the their amu keeps them protected inside local mountains. A western ecologist might attribute the relative abundance of deer to hunting practices. Because deer are believed to be ghosts they are not hunted for food and consequently multiply. Peccaries by contrast are heavily hunted.
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