Foto: André Toral, 1998

Pirahã

  • Other names
    Mura Pirahã
  • Where they are How many

    AM592 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Mura

Introduction

The Pirahã call themselves hiaitsiihi, a category of human beings or bodies (ibiisi) that differentiates them from Whites and other Indians. They possess an elaborate naming system intimately connected with their cosmology. Even before birth, while still in the maternal womb, they receive their first name: this name is believed to be responsible for the creation of their bodies. During life, they receive further names from beings dwelling in higher and lower layers of the cosmos, responsible for the creation of their souls and destinies, as well as names from war enemies.