Foto: Michel Pellanders, 1987

Asurini do Tocantins

  • Autodenominação
    Asurini
  • Where they are How many

    TO516 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

The Asuriní say the universe was first created, but then it was flooded and the earth ceased to exist, 'it became soft.' From this misfortune, only one man survived, sheltered at the top of a bacabeira tree. It was then that Mahira summoned tapir for the animal to harden the surface of the earth. Mahira also extracted his own rib, transforming it into a woman, which allowed the human population to increase.