myths: a story, usually invoking the supernatural, to account for some aspect of the world. science: the method of inquiry that attempts to explain phenomena through observation and the development and testing of hypothesis. hunt and farm in the jungles of the orinoco river. in the beginning they say, the cosmos was made of four layers. the first layer once has a function, but now it is empty. the undersurface of the second layer is the visible sky. the layer is the earth, a huge jungle dotted with countless yanomamo villages. the fourth layer contains a single village inhabited by spirit people who sometimes travel up to earth to capture and eat the souls of children and so must be constantly guarded against. an all powerful being who brought order to a chaotic world of water.