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January 31, 2010 4:43 PM Subscribe
Ever since I saw Avatar
, I've been wondering: are there any verified hunting traditions in which a successful hunter thanks the spirit of the dying animal as he kills it?
posted by Countess Elena to Religion & Philosophy (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I studied anthropology in college, and read about it for fun to this day, so I'm certainly familiar with traditions that honor prey animals as spirits or deities. I am thinking particularly here of the Ainu brown bear sacrifice.
I have read many books, and seen movies, in which a hunter thanks the spirit of an animal that he has just killed. But as to the actual practice at the moment of an animal's death, outside of any other ritual context . . . I suppose it's just my own cultural conditioning, but it seems so romantic
, and so I am disinclined to believe it. Please advise.