[In September 2013, Greg and I spent a week in Bogota, Colombia. During the trip we traveled from the city to Lake Guatavita. Read on to learn about the myths surrounding the crater site. Want to learn more about our trip? See all our Bogota resources.]

You and I know her as Mother Earth. But in the Andean spiritual world she’s called Pachamama, provider of fertility and life.

Pachamama was the deity ancient tribes worshiped at Colombia’s Lake Guatavita. Here, gold pendants were tossed into the water as a gesture of thanks. Similar ceremonies honoring Pachamama took place throughout South America and in Mexico.

Even today, Pachamama still influences some Latin American cultures.

In Bolivia, a renewed interest in indigenous religions, including the worship of Pachamama, led to The Law Of Mother Earth.

The Law Of Mother Earth gives nature the same rights and protections as humans in Bolivia. (Sorta like how the United States recognizes corporations as people BUT COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.)

In Bolivia, nature is granted “the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted,” according to the TheGuardian.com.

It is the first law of its kind.

Back at Lake Guatavita, I asked our guide Claudia Valencia Chaljub to tell us a little more about Pachamama. Watch the video below to learn more about the offerings to this ancient deity.


Learn more about Lake Guatavita »

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