There are many lessons learned from daily interaction in our homes, in our jobs, in our cities, but for those of us who have had the opportunity to open that horizon to new lands and cultures, we know that it is different outside and that there is much that awaits to be discovered by us, in the world, in nature, in the human being in all its expressions.
If you are one of those who appreciate good experiences outside your comfort zone and you are interested in personal development, you can not miss the Ecuadorian jungle and its fascinating ancestral cultures.
Napo Cultural Center started as an initiative to protect the environment and the ancestral Kichwa Anangu culture, being from them where the initiative comes from. In our refuge, we and our guests have daily interactions and contacts with the diverse members that make up their fascinating society, with which we nourish ourselves day by day of their life philosophies, of men and women of nature, as well as of their social habits and customs.
They are a great example of how different human beings who have lived in contact with nature can develop. Next we will tell you 4 aspects that you will be able to find in the Ecuadorian jungle that could ignite the engines of your passions.
1) A sustainable community
Live and play for yourself as a community if you can live in sustainability and harmony with the environment. The ancestral culture Kichwa Anangu, native of the jungle, have been cohabiting this space of the jungle for more than 500 years, cohabiting with thousands of other species, respecting the cycles of the earth and the needs of other beings. In this way, they have developed a way of living that today is an example for the rest of us in the cities.
Within the Anangu territories is prohibited fishing, hunting and logging, even so they have found a way to balance their lives by collecting what the forest gives them. Their coat, their clothes, their houses, their fire, everything comes from the earth. Most of their instruments and resources come from trunks, seeds, roots. They maintain the reciprocity that our land asks of us, they take what they need and return everything they can.
2) Philosophy of their ancestral medicine
One of the most fascinating and at the same time impressive aspects is the difference between his system of understanding medicine and what we have in the West. Starting from that the way of understanding the diseases comes from a conception radically different from ours, that we see them as external entities that infect us and make us sick.
The Anangu culture has a more integral vision of the matter and it is born from the base that we are in constant interaction with everything around us, so the exchange is something habitual and therefore the disease does not occur in the interaction, but when there is a Internal imbalance is that the body gets sick, or that those evils gain strength over the health of the person. From there, his whole system of medicine is born.
We understand medicine as a corrective science, recomposing through its methods, liquids or pills. They, the Anangu, understand medicine as the constant maintenance of the body, keep the machine in tune and not let it get sick. To prevent versus to cure, although when it is the case, through the kindnesses that the forest offers them, they are cured by means of plants, roots and fungi in treatments much more friendly with the body. How much time and wear would we save in our lives under this philosophy?
3) Ancestral language that creates reality
Another interesting aspect is the language that they currently maintain to communicate, the “kichwa” or “shimi rune”, which was the common language of the Inca empire. By maintaining this ancestral language, its way of expressing itself, of relating to the environment, totally changes those who have grown up under other structures of thought.
Relevant differences are that there are no articles, there are no genres for things and they even have a sense of an inclusive we and another of a non-inclusive us (which could be the self). We are always They say that “language creates reality” and its reality seems quite modern to be ancestral.
4) Creation from the earth itself
The ingenuity of the natives of the Earth leaves always with amazement. The manufactures and instruments of the Kichwa Anangu are worthy of recognition by anyone. Using earth, seeds, plants, fibers and woods, the women of the community make clothing, vessels, instruments, symbolic figures, among many other creations that you definitely have to see. Creativity and inspiration seem to be a gift from the jungle in your hands.
And to think that these aspects are just a few of the infinite variety that you can find in a place as fertile and fantastic as the Amazon rainforest and its people are. Still have doubts? Don’t let your inspiration fade! Contact us and let’s see how we can better accommodate your experience. At Napo Cultural Center we are happy to be able to accompany your experience, and thus be able to share the inspiring nectar that some cultures still preserve on our planet.