As the Yanomami spokesman Davi Kopenawa says in his book “The Falling Sky”: “When a human being dies, his ghost does not carry any of his goods onto the sky’s back, even if he is very greedy. The things he made or acquired are left on earth and only torment the living by rekindling the longing for his presence.
We are different from the white people and our thought is other. Among them, when a father dies, his children are happy to tell each other: ‘We are going to share his merchandise and his money and keep them for ourselves!’
Our real goods are the things of the forest: its waters, fish, game, trees and fruit. Not merchandise! This is why as soon as someone dies we make all the objects he kept disappear. We grind up his bead necklaces; we burn his hammock, his arrows, his quiver, his gourds, and his feather ornaments.
The stones, waters, earth, mountains, sky and sun are immortal like the xapiri spirits. These are things that … we call parimi, eternal. Humans’ breath of life is very short. We live a short time.
The white people already have more than enough metal to make their merchandise and their machines; land to plant their food; cloth to cover themselves; cars and airplanes to move in. Yet now they covet the metal of our forest to make even more of these things though their factories’ foul breath is already spreading everywhere. … Later, after my death and that of the other shamans, its darkness may descend to our houses so that the children of our children will stop seeing the sun.”