The original peoples living in South America conduct ceremonies during the Winter solstice to begin a new cycle and to acknowledge the previous one. Meanwhile, they wait for Mother Earth’s energy renewal.
The Amyare people renovate the agricultural cycle brought by Tata Inti (the sun) in the silence heights of the Andes. Then, the ashes of the fire that shelters them gently withdraw like the stars that take care of the sky leading to dawn. They waited this moment to ask for a generous agricultural cycle. And so begins the Machaq Mara, in which the communities thank their ancestors and the Pachamama (Mother Earth) with coca leaves and food.
In Wallmapu –the Mapuche Lands –the rivers that hide in the southern forests flow, and emerge when they meet in the deep sea as they cross the insinuating Coastal Range. Then, the fire burns like the volcanoes that tell the stories of the ancients while people share mate and food. The fire burns as the Nahuel(puma) roars and the moon shelters the abundant rain, like a cloak that covers the longest night in their lands.
In his book “Awkiñ dungun wall mapu txipawpo bill mongen” the mapuche and kimche José Pereira Canío, says:
We are a very spiritual people. During the course of the life of the Mapuche Pewenche, there is a permanent relationship with the different spirits of nature and the cosmos. The Mapuche has its own way of being a person. The Mapuche is Mapuche when respecting the codes of nature, when they relate themselves to experience, receiving energy from the sun, from the Pel, from the Wall, from all the immensity of its being.
Life is renewed and the Ñuke Mapu (mother earth) maintains the order and balance as understood by the Kuykeche (ancestors) when observing the movement of the cosmos. It announces the arrival of the Wiñol Tripantu -return of the sun -. While the Mapuche wisdom spreads in biodiversity, food and mate are shared. With the first rays of Antu (sun), people pray in time to the rhythm of the kultxun (sacred instrument) along with the pifilka, the cascawuillas and the ñolkiñ. Then, life is renewed by bathing in the ancient waters next to the choike purrum, in this way, the Mapuche People receive the new cycle