Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

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Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

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Sleepers became a playground for dozens of three-inch cockroaches (annoyances), and were often joined by eight-inch roach-eating tarantulas (beloved allies). In 1977 Everett, as a linguist and Christian missionary, travelled to live with the Pirahas (which number about 300 people, spread along 250 miles of the Micai river in Brazil) to translate the Bible into their language. He never discusses nor seems concerned about the possible traumatic effects such fear and threat of violence might evoke in the women and children. A father of one family will feed or care for another child, at least temporarily, if that child is abandoned, even for a day.

His dad looked at him and after a moment of silence offered a solution: "Let's go kill her, then," he said, with apparent sincerity. One of the issues Everett had with talking about Jesus was that the Pirahã could not relate to the idea that he was telling them about events from long before Everett’s own life.No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

The best chapter of the book is when Everett after 20 or 30 years realizes that the Pirahas will never be converted (did I mention he went there as a missonary?The first section of the book, which is about the way the Pirahã live their lives, is absolutely amazing. However their different culture, stresses/tones, and singing in conversation makes their language one of the hardest to learn. The stoicism that he finds suggests that these are a people satisfied with life as it is, without a need for a new world view. Everett says the Pirahas are lacking in ritual and then shares a number of stories in which ritual is a central theme.



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