I am getting closer and closer to my departure for Venezuela. In order to prepare myself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, I read over my past journal entries. I decided to go back to the very first one back in 2011, the year I found my mother. I randomly picked a page and found this entry that made me laugh:
August 12th, 2011 8:34 p.m.
I wonder if there any “obligations”, I need to fulfill for my classificatory wives. I mean…do they expect me to have sex with them? What’s the difference between a real wife and a classificatory wife? So far, I have “3 wives”. The one [is] really into me. Her real husband exclaimed that we better watch it or he’ll get jealous…but then (I guess jealousy is something to be ashamed of [?]) quickly said, “No, I won’t be jealous”. People [the other villagers and my friends] laughed light-heartedly, but I was like WTF!! A jealous [husband] is not something to take lightly. And of course, I’m not interested in any of my wives. IDK, I foresee a conflict.
Hard to beleive that was seven year ago! However, I remember this moment like it was yesterday. I was so confused and nervous over the situation with my “wives”. I had limited knowledge of Yanomami culture. Keep in mind, I was just a 24 year old kid. I can confess now, after all these years, that I was really scared of this guy. I truly thought he was going to hurt me, or beat me, or kill me!
Just so you know, the “jealous husband” and I became really good friends 🙂
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