Along roadsides throughout Argentina we notice mystical shrines with red flags flying around them. Discover the folk saint Gauchito Gil. … ARGENTINA: El Gauchito Gil
ARGENTINA: La Difunta Correa
Throughout Argentina, we notice roadside shrines amid of water bottles and a statuette of a lactating mother. Discover the folk saint Difunta Correa or Decreased Correa. … ARGENTINA: La Difunta Correa
MEXICO: TREELORE – On the historical and mythical origins of cacao in Mesoamerica
Discover historical and mythical origins of Cacao in Mesoamerica.
… MEXICO: TREELORE – On the historical and mythical origins of cacao in Mesoamerica
PARAGUAY: On the origins of MATE
Visiting South America, I was often invited to share a mate, by friendly and curious people. Having a mate or terere means sharing stories and being part of a deeply cultural ritual.
BOLIVIA: On the origins of papa – potato
Discover legends, myth, history and folklore of the potato plant in Bolivia and its use in traditional Andean culture.
STORYTELLING CHILE: Violeta Parra
Violeta Parra was a folklorist and an ethnomusicologist, a poet, a musician, a painter, a sculptor and a tapestry maker. Above all, however, her work captured Chile’s history, its culture, and its pain.
PERU: On the origins QUINOA
Discover the Aymara legend, history and folklore of the quinoa in Peru and its use in traditional culture.
Paraguay | Brazil | Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls
This legend came to us, sitting in a restaurant in Foz do Iguacu, near the Iguazu falls, sharing my meal with a big tourist group from Brazil, luckily some spoke Spanish, so did Leticia, the Lady sitting near me. Discover the creation of the Iguazu falls.
… Paraguay | Brazil | Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls
BOLIVIA | PERU: On the origins of MAMA COCA
Kuka, is Quechua and means unique, excellent and sacred. Discover the legend and folklore of the coca leaf in Peru and Bolivia and its use in traditional Andean culture.
PERU | BOLIVIA: The Legend of COCA, God Intis gift to Peru and Bolivia
The ‘”hoja sagrada” or “sacred leaf” has enormous significance to Aymara and Quechua people. Discover the legend of COCA, God Intis gift to Peru and Bolivia and its use in traditional Andean culture.
… PERU | BOLIVIA: The Legend of COCA, God Intis gift to Peru and Bolivia
TIMELINE: A story of yerba mate
The story of how Yerba Mate was first discovered and then spread through South America is a fascinating tale that includes legends, politics, religion, intrigue, slavery, war and innovation.
INDIA: On the origins of TEA
The discovery of tea, Camellia sinensis, was ever a story of many dimensions, and the telling of the tale depended on the leaf’s use as medicine, food, or drink.
*JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
Throughout history, tea, Camellia sinensis, was intimately related to deities, demi gods, and mortals. In Japan, the monastic use of tea as an aid to meditation and was celebrated by linking the plant and its origins to Bodhidharma, Daruma 達摩. … *JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
CHINA: On the origins of TEA
Tea was discovered accidentally by emperor Shennung, 神農氏, approximately 3000 years before Christ.
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