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The wise men of the ‘heart of the world’

When the coronavirus reached the feet of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta At the end of March, its inhabitants restricted access: “While the elders speak, the boys are silent and remain still.” Days later they decreed the emergency and the indigenous people scattered on the highest coastal mountain on the planet, in the Colombian Caribbean, became a little more isolated. Ethnic groups arhuaca, kogui, wiwa Y kankuama They consider this massif of almost 6,000 meters the “heart of the world” and to the non-indigenous younger brothers, so when they ordered silence and tranquility, their traditional authorities or mamos turned even more into spiritual work.

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