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Portrait of a Mapuche woman with all her jewels and symbols of the worldview of the Mapuche people.
The deeper meaning of the mapuche jewels is that they are a connection to the celestial world through their designs and iconography as anthropomorphic, zoomorphic and symbols realize their worldview concepts, serve as protection against evil spirits (pillanes) and connect with Ngenechen (god).
Mapuche women have played an important role in both the Mapuche religion as the transmission of culture. The “Machi” is who communicates with the gods of life and “Kalku” is someone who knows the gods of death.
“The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia. The collective term refers to a wide-ranging ethnicity composed of various groups who shared a common social, religious and economic structure, as well as a common linguistic heritage as Mapudungun speakers. Their influence once extended from the Aconcagua River to the Chiloé Archipelago and spread later eastward to the Argentine pampa. Today the collective group makes up 80% of the indigenous peoples in Chile, and about 9% of the total Chilean population, They are particularly concentrated in Araucanía. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapuche