The sanema tribe live naked in contact with nature in Venezuela forest. Women and men show their naked body without shame despite the influence of the missions that try to impose their ideas.
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Some relatives from the Itucu river have arrived at the Sanema village. The compulsory greetings are a real ritual. Two by two, they recite their respective family trees, which sometimes go back twenty generations. Meanwhile, daily life continues at its slow, steady pace. The Sanema work just enough to eat and be comfortable in the village. They spend a lot of time doing nothing or playing simple, almost childish games.
The arrival of visitors always breaks the monotony. They prepare dances, games and food for all. The warriors paint themselves with burnt wood as they do when they go into battle against other tribes. This is a very old custom, challenging outsiders, even if it is only in play. The Sanema have always been and always will be a warrior people. The visitors enter the village with their bows strung. There, other warriors await them. The tips of the arrows are wrapped in banana leaves so they will not wound anyone. This is merely a welcoming ritual.
The Sanema believe that after the creation of the world the gods fought a cruel battle in the stars. From the drops of blood that fell to earth, mixed with the dust, men were born. So, they believe they came from violence, which could explain why war and confrontation in battle are so important for them.
In the documentary "The Mountain of Mystery" we travel to the oldest place on Earth. Here lies the largest, most intact virgin forest in the world, on the Guayana Massif, in the south of Venezuela, along the Brazilian border. www.youtube.com/playlist
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