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Apatanis conduct a ropi ritual when humans or certain animals are killed in a violent manner. In the past, the hands of a human victim were usually brought back to the killer's village and burned in front of a ritual hut during chanting and dancing. While this ritual is no longer celebrated for human deaths, it is still performed for the killing of jungle cats because Apatanis believe that these animals have close genealogical links with humans. As with humans, the ritual is intended to prevent retaliation by the victim's spirit or descendants.