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... special diet (no salt, sugar, coffee or red meat) but the food was delicious and we got as much as we wanted (Mas senior?!?). It was a little like summer camp in that we didn't need to decide anything... food and activities just arrived. There were hammocks everywhere making lounging around and reading during the day quite pleasant and for the jungle there was a surprising lack of bugs. The resort had a few monkeys, some birds with amazing warbly voices, ...
... was still in the rat race mindset and figured that I had to contribute something worthy to those players committed so faithfully to the course with the requisite career, spouse, home, children, dogma, material prizes, etc. Then again, maybe I was simply inviting people to join me in asking themselves some questions, and more importantly, answering those questions honestly.
... was 8 when his family moved to Iquitos. He was one of 14 children, of which only 6 have survived. Daniel told us this was quite common and most children pass away while they are very young (before the age of 3). He said the most common reason is parasites. Parasites are prevalent in their water system, and can be particularly harmful to young children. Every few months, the children are supposed to drink sap from a specific tree that clears out ...
... well... it would have been better not to have to deal with it at all, but I am a woman, so am destined to spend my life coping with society's punishment for being this awesome. The first time that someone honked their car horn at me I was 12 and unwanted, uninvited attention has been a part of life from then on, as I'm sure it is for every woman.
I had forgotten what having to cope with multiple daily catcalls was like till I got to Iquitos ...
... is also a strong tendency for syncretism to develop, for the old and new faiths to blend into something else, a religion that falls somewhere between the two source traditions. I have seen that in many places as well, in Japan and India and Malaysia, among other countries. That syncretism sometimes results in a harmonizing of the two faith-traditions, but at other times something quite different emerges that is nor recognizable as a shared religion to either of the ...
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