Hello all. I read an article in The Guardian this morning that I think everyone here might like to read:
The forest knows: the Amazon village with a message for the world – a photo essay by Nicoló Lanfranchi
Two quotes which resonate with me:
The Asháninka are a living example of how to respect the forest. Apiwtxa, meaning “unity”, is both the name of the village and a word sacred to the Asháninka, denoting the importance of collective over individual interests – one of the basic principles of community governance.
The Asháninka reject the idea that humanity is separate from nature and that nature is subject to people. For them, human beings, plants, trees, animals, birds, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the spiritual beings of the forest can speak, feel, think and relate to each other.