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Kukenán means Valley of the Dead and, for the local people, the neighbour tepui of Mount Roraima is called Matawi (the killer). That is where sacrifices took place; the Indians offered themselves when something was not well and jumped off the highest point to calm Makunaima (their God) down or keep a promise. Halfway across the sacrifice spot in Kukenán, there was a skull made of rocks with a carved face and leaves indicating hanging. I noticed that it surprised the Indians behind me; they laughed, but when I got closer and asked, they frowned and just said it was something new, made by some carrier. I had never know the meaning, but it was curious to see before starting to climb. Someone have seen it or know the explanation?

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