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Tabula Rasa

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OROBITG, Gemma. Blood and the Logic of Gift among Pume of the Llanos of Apure, Venezuela. A Feminine Model of Cosmos. Tabula Rasa [online]. 2020, n.36, pp.223-245.  Epub Feb 26, 2021. ISSN 1794-2489.

This paper examines the dominant modes of relatedness among Pumé Indians through the circulation of female blood. The logic of Gift intervenes in the relations between Pumé beings -humans, animals, and spirits sharing soul and blood-, while predation dominates their relations with other beings that are alien to Pumé society, namely the “spirits of the savanna landscape”, the “spirits of the depths of the earth”, and Whites. Mythology supports the structuring place of the feminine in the constitution of the order of cosmos and thus bleeding works as an operator of social relations.

Keywords : blood; menstruation; childbirth; mythology; Gift; predation..

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