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2014-01-05 | Campañas | Indoamericano
Happy New Year to the people of the Northern Hemisphere
Indigenous New Year in the northern hemisphere
The indigenous world is circular. Based upon the movements of the sun. Based upon the energy that the presence and absence of the sun creates in nature. When the Mapuche celebrate the wetripantu (the so-called Mapuche “new year,” in fact the celebration of winter solstice or literally new sunrise; we: new, tripan: to come out, antü: sun.)The same cycle of energy can be noted in the perspective of a year.
At this moment everything around us starts to create new energy. The We Tripantu initiates the Pükem (time for rain) at a point of zero. And the nature prepares itself with a flow of positive energy for the spring to come. When the sun is dawning we are at the maximum flow of positive energy. After the sun has gone up the positive energy starts to diminish, and at noon – when the sun is at its peak – we are again at a point of zero.
This is when the negative energy starts to flow, with its maximum in the sunset. It then diminishes in the same manner as the positive in order to create a new point of zero at midnight.
In these days of December in the northern hemisphere, earth, nature and the universe, begin the renewal and initiation of new cycles of life and bring dreams and hopes.
Boccara, G. The Mapuche People in Post-Dictatorship Chile, Etudes rurales 3/2002 (n° 163-164), p. 283-303. URL : www.cairn.info/revue-etudes-rurales-2002-3-page-283.htm.
Marileo, A. Mapuche Ngenpin (*) .”Año Nuevo en el hemisferio norte” http://www.mapuche.info/?kat=6&sida=206
”Año Nuevo en el hemisferio norte - Indigenous New Year in the northern hemisphere”
(*) The highest title of cultural and religious knowledge within the Mapuche people
Por Calbucura, J.
Publicado: 2014-01-05 | Revisado: 2013-12-24 13:45:44 | Enlace de actual documento: http://www.mapuche.info/?pagina=1987