Friday, June 24, 2005

Celebrating Mapuche "We tripantü" in Chile

This week we had the longest day of the year, the beginning of an ancient festivity named as "We Tripantü" or Mapuche New Year. Our ancestors named as people of the land (Mapu=Land Che=People)celebrated new year 03 days (21st, 22nd and 23rd of June every year). They prayed for the nature, asked for a blessed harvest and communion with the enviroment until next June, they also thanked the enviroment's gifts (named as Pachamamma). Today most chilean people celebrate a renewed occidental religious celebration for this ancestral "We Tripantü" named as St.Peter's and St. Paul's night during the 23rd of June. Spanish invasion affected this festivity. But some Mapuche communities join similar to ancient tribes and commemorate as long time ago our ancestors did. As one old ancient chilean warrior for independence once claimed: "Still we've got our people, citizens!" (paraphrased by lawyer and revolutionary chilean captain Manuel Rodriguez)

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