Chile | Pendant with two birds, from the Araucania or Mapuche people | Silver
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. 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.
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