Xavante log race. The log race is not really a race at all, itâ€™s a ceremony, an aesthetic event. Xavante are nonplused by notions of winning and losing. the logs are carried by two team, representing the oppositions that Xavante believe go to make up the universe. The running of the logs expresses the dynamic tension between opposing principles. The purpose of the ceremonies to stress that these antithesis need not tear the world apart. Opposing can be controlled to complement each other and create equilibrium and harmony. Brazilian Amazon.