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While some may interpret this action as symbolic (i.e.
the man is trying to make the ground yield crops through force), others would simply see a man unleashing his frustration at poor crop returns.
Bronisław Malinowski describes ritual language as possessing a high "coefficient of weirdness" in that the language used in rituals is archaic and out of the ordinary.
This he ascribes to the need for to create a mindset that fosters belief in the ritual.
Michael Brown discusses the use of nantag stones among the Aguaruna as being similar to this type of "technology": brought into contact with stem cuttings of plants like manioc before they are planted these powerful tangible symbols of fertility are believed by the Aguruna to transfer some of their fertility to the plants.