“The Relatedness of Things” Andean Soul and Spirit

The Aymara and Quechua people of the Andean highlands are only superficially Roman Catholic by religion: they retain beliefs and rituals which date back to pre-Inca times. Their worldview contains "liberation theology" in its original, indigenous form.

For the Aymara and Quechua highlanders, who live by tilling the soil and shepherding animals, faith is closely tied to agriculture. Everything is related: land, birth, death, the mountains, and the seasons. Nothing is absolute or complete in itself; there is a broad mutual need that links all things: supernatural beings, humanity, and nature. Harmony and balance are fundamental conditions of life.

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