Reichel-Dolmatoff – The Tukano Indians - Tulari and Boga
Type of Spiritual Experience
This is difficult to unravel and I may have got it wrong because the definition appears to change half way through. At the beginning it looks as though Tulari is function, as function executes you get perceptions - output.
But as the explanation proceeds, it appears as though he is talking about spirit input and spirit output.
A description of the experience
Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff – Amazonian Cosmos
Tulari is more than this; tulari is also a force immanent in beings or objects that is not related at all to physical or intellectual qualities but is present or absent in certain phenomena as a broad energy equivalent to boga.
The central current of a river is called dehko tulari boga/water-force-current, an expression that shows the difference between the two concepts. Tulari is the impulse, i.e., the current of the river.
The informant explains: "Tulari makes boga function,', and he adds, when asked for a further explanation, "Boga is a recipient; tulari boga makes contact, looks for something. Boga attracts; it is uhuri boga, the boga that draws in."
We continue talking, seeking new contexts, and the informant says: "Tulari is the forest, the mammals; boga is the river, the fish."
And suddenly the definition becomes clearly formulated by the informant: "Tulari is masculine energy and boga is feminine energy. The two together are the great current that circulates.