Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Pope Francis Visits Bolivia, The Land Of The Earth Goddess Pachamama

“As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground.

But the country’s centuries-old reverence for the spirits of nature may prove to be the fertile soil Francis needs to spread his message on climate change.

Although about 77 percent of Bolivians are Catholic, many blend the church’s teachings with the nature-based beliefs of their ancestors. In some cases, Christian figures, like the Virgin Mary and Catholic saints, were simply incorporated into the native pantheon of gods. About 39 percent of Bolivians say they ‘make offerings of food, drinks, candles or flowers to spirits.'”

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