The Mother of the Forest

For the Asháninka, the mother of the rainforest is there to be respected.

Chabuca, president of the Tsimi Community Association in our Asháninka partnership and mother of five children herself, believes that the spirit of the forest, as with all living things, is its mother. It’s said that when trees are felled, the forest’s mother is upset, and can send bad things, like illnesses. The animals have a mother, as does the river and its fish. There is also a mother of the soil, who is unhappy when trees are taken away.

Chabuca told us that she teaches this to her children. She tells them how to take care of the forest because when natural resources are protected, they give you life, energy and peace in return.

This mother’s day, we’re celebrating the mothers of the forest like Chabuca, who are keeping the spirit of the forest alive.


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