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The Question (ID Number 551)...

    In your books you say that a simple way to determine the difference between takers and leavers is to examine how they get their food. This makes perfect sense to me. Do you think burial practices could also be an indication of a people being taker or leaver? It just seems to me that taker culture is the only culture that is so preoccupied with preservation that it fills up bodies with toxic fluids and lock they away from nature in airtight boxes so they can't become food for other forms of life.

    ...and the response:

    I've never said that Leavers and Takers can be distinguished by the way they get their food. They can be distinguished by what they DO with their food. Among Leaver peoples, food is free for the taking. Takers keep it under lock and key so that you have to work for it. The obsession to preserve bodies is found only among Takers, it's true, but not all Taker peoples are obsessed about it. Many Taker peoples bury their dead with no more preservatives than Leaver peoples, so I don't see this as a way of distinguishing Leavers from Takers.

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