Tiguino River, Ecuador
The animist Huaorani believe the animals of their forest have a spiritual as well as a physical existence. They believe that a person who dies walks a trail to the afterlife, which is guarded by a large anaconda snake.
Those among the dead who cannot escape the snake fail to enter the domain of dead spirits and return to Earth as animals, often termites. Spirits are present throughout the entire world, which to the Huaorani, includes only the forest.