Don’t get me wrong, is not a human, it’s an animal, or more precisely a Capuchin monkey. It’s not always about humans, no sir, animals do their thing, they are very intelligent and powerful, mystical I would say.
And that’s because if we look at it from a mystic lens, a very real one, well it was Ciruelo, Senda Verde’s alpha Capuchin male, that effectively begun it all. According to what they tell me, Ciruelo was the first wild animal to arrive to la Senda Verde, a place in the tropical Andes where once upon a time Vicky and Marcelo built a home, a farm and a tourism project. Continue reading “The Libidinous that founded la Senda Verde”→
On the news today: “THE NORMALIZATION OF DEHUMANIZATION: Dehumanization is what permits genocide, land theft, slavery, segregation, discrimination, etc: Washington Redskins win trademark fight over the team’s name” Is it a coincidence, that I’m about to publish this article?
The following article is an attempt to contribute to the education and awareness inherent to La Senda Verde, from a perspective I happen to be fond of which is that of the ancestral native philosophy.
Everyone that gets involved with La Senda Verde, myself included; that is volunteers, workers, visitors and donors, begin to develop a sense of raised awareness about the meaning and purpose of life, that comes in a series of life teachings. Continue reading “The Human Being in Danger of Extinction”→
She is like the mother of all living things, the raised sea, the heart of the continent, of the earth…
Kota in Andean Cosmology
The Andean world is very different from many other worlds, it is a vertical one, uphill and downhill, where life is challenged by the constant pull of gravity. Hillsides are drained from their nutrients, mountains washed from their gold, addicting riches compensate the harshness of producing an organic life, chosen still, by many Andeans. According to them, we live in a middle realm, a place between the inner and the outer, the upper and the lower. This is essential in Andean philosophy and cosmology, and is reflected by the physical cosmos they live in: the longest mountain range in the world.
For Andean natives the earth grows sacred as it extends upwards and downwards away from the middle place we are bound to live in. Towards the sky, the cold of snow is the reflection of a white, sterile, male realm of sky-like sacredness, difficult for organic life to thrive in. Towards the earth, thrive the female hidden forces of the planet, powerful inner-like powers that are as deeply respected as sky forces are. Time is perceived in the same manner. The present as a middle place, where life strives, and is the axis of twin realities, one past where it all comes from, and one future, of where everything is going.
The Kallawaya (also known as Callahuaya, Kolyawaya, Qolla Huayu) is a culture native from the towns of Curva, Chajaya, Khanlaya, Huata Huata, Inka and Chari, in the surroundings of the town of Charazani, in the Bautista Saavedra province of the La Paz Department, Bolivia. This natural setting is one of the most spectacular, unexplored and unexploited natural regions that remain on the planet. The Kallawayas are the guardians of a practically undisturbed biological corridor that runs all the way from Titicaca lake, up the glaciated peaks and lakes of the Apolobamba Mountains and down the steep ravines into the most remote mountain and flood plain rainforests of the Madidi National Park. Continue reading “Kallawaya Medicine Men”→