Yawalapiti men, before the opening of the Festival.
"For the Yawalapiti, the mythic world is a past that is not connected to the present through strict chronological ties. Thus, myth exists as a spatial and temporal reference, but mainly provides behavioral models. The ceremonies are the occasion par excelence for replicating these models, but their privileged relation with the world of myth above all symbolizes the impossibility of repeating that world, except in an imperfect way. The ritual is thus a moment when daily life is closer to the ideal model presented in myth, without however being able to attain it."
From ISA (Instituto Sócio Ambiental): Cosmologia e rituais
by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro