Mapuche religion

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The beliefs of the Mapuche and their mythology, stories about to the world and creatures born of the extensive and old religious beliefs, next to a series of common legend and myths that belong to the different groups that compose the Mapuche ethnic group (Mapuche, Huilliche, etc.).


In the mythology and beliefs of the Mapuche people, the machi “shaman”, a role usually played by older women, is an extremely important part of the Mapuche culture, even today and in parallel with Christianity. The machi performs ceremonies for the warding off of evil, for rain, for the cure of diseases, and has an extensive knowledge of Chilean medicinal herbs, gained during an arduous apprenticeship. Chileans of all origins and classes make use of the many traditional herbs known to the Mapuche. The main healing ceremony performed by the machi is called machitun.

Legends and mythical creatures

The most important myths are:
the legend of Trentren Vilu and Caicai Vilu (Ten Ten-Vilu and Coi Coi-Vilu)
the Cherufe
the Chonchon
the Colo Colo
the Gualichu
the kalku
the Ngen spirits
the Nguruvilu
the Peuchen
the Pillan spirits
the Wekufe spirits

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