June 21: New Year for Some Andean Peoples

Ollantay Itzamná Andean New Year Ceremony.Internet Just a few decades ago, to announce or publicly display the ritual celebration of our gratitude to the Sun, (June 21), was unthinkable and a cause for shame. Yes, it was a cause for social derision. Ignorant, the “enlightened” called us. Now, the celebration of gratitude and clamor to…

Capitalism and Death

Yanis Iqbal My maternal grandmother passed away at 2 am on February 14, 2022. For her funeral, I went to Bihar where my grief was socialized among the many people who came to collectively remember her. I could not help but remember what bell hooks said in her book “All About Love: New Visions”: “Love…

“Mistica is One of the Principles Uniting La Via Campesina”

Resilience Our colleagues, Priscilla Claeys and Jasber Singh, are launching a new series as part of the Agroecology in Motion column to shed light on an underexplored aspect of food system transformation: the role of spirituality and religion in social movement struggles for food sovereignty. In order to deepen their inquiry, they will speak with various food…

The Political Dimension of Indigenous Spirituality

Ollantay Itzamná Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca. Act of ritual in Tiwanaku. On November 6 (on the eve of the official swearing-in of the new government), the Aymara and Quechua communities organized and celebrated, in spite of the limitations in times of pandemic, a ceremony of purification and spiritual legitimization for the elected President of…

José Martí and Spirituality

Jose (Papo) Coss “The only truth is love. Patriotism and friendship are nothing but love.” José Martí. Those who support dogmatic religions that claim to hold the truth and atheists who proclaim the non-existence of God lose sight of the most essential thing: that the human being has two dimensions, the material and the spiritual….