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Fig. 5

From: Symbolism and ritual practices related to hunting in Maya communities from central Quintana Roo, Mexico

Fig. 5

As an important part of the Loojil Ts’oon: (a) the j-men, in his role as a ritual specialist, cleanses the prey’s jaws (only deer: Odocoileus virginianus, Mazama spp.; and peccaries: Tayassuidae), (b) which the hunter has kept during the allowed hunting period in order to ritually remove the evil-wind (mal aire in Spanish) they have accumulated in death and thus return them in a proper state to their owners and guardians in the forest. Source: Photos by Dídac Santos-Fita; X-Pichil community, Quintana Roo (2011)

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