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.
D iscover legends, myth, history and folklore of the potato plant in Bolivia and its use in traditional Andean culture. … BOLIVIA: On the origins of PAPA (potato)
D iscover the Aymara legend, history and folklore of the quinoa in Peru and its use in traditional culture. … PERU: On the origins QUINOA
T his legend came to me, sitting in a restaurant in Foz do Iguacu, near the Iguazu falls, sharing my meal with … Paraguay•Brazil•Argentina: On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls
K uka, 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. … BOLIVIA•PERU: On the origins of MAMA COCA
T he ‘”hoja sagrada” or “sacred leaf” has enormous significance to Aymara and Quechua people. … PERU•BOLIVIA: COCA, God Intis gift
V isiting 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. … PARAGUAY: On the origins of 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.
T he discovery of tea, Camellia sinensis, … INDIA: 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 … *JAPAN: On the origins of TEA
T ea was discovered accidentally by emperor Shennung, 神農氏, approximately 3000 years before Christ.
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