Rikbaktsa Flutist, Brazil 1959. 1959. The Rikbaktsa are excellent flute players and the appropriate traditional songs are performed in each ceremony. The music, the chants are thus of fundamental importance, expressing in a sensitive way the Rikbaktsa’s social and mythical universe and their forms of affective, aesthetic and religious sensitivity. They believe there is an exchange of “souls” among beings of the physical world. Thus the fate of the dead varies according to the lives they led as human beings. Rikbaktsa – means “the human beings”. Rik means person, human being; bak reinforces the meaning, and tsa is the suffix for the plural form.
- Encyclopedia Indigenous People of Brazil - Fany Pantaleoni, 1997.