Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

Y Marane'ÿ Rekávo

Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

Y Marane'ÿ Rekávo

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IT IS NOT ONLY THE EARTH THAT IS FILLED WITH impurities. So is the water. Lifeless waters extend throughout the earth, and not only on its surface. Like cholesterol-clogged arteries, contaminated waters also circulate with difficulty deep inside the earth-under the world's skin.

The search for water will be the quest of many-indeed all- in this 21st century. Where can this clear and crystalline resource be found, these waters of life in the desert, this optimistic and powerful liquid that sings in the creeks and roars in the waterfalls, shining with the brilliance of a diamond hidden in the bowels of the earth?

THE MYTHIC BEGINNINGS The Guarani, anchored in the future for centuries, believed water to be their place of origin, the center of their earth. We are reminded of the mythic account of the Mbyá, as told by León Cadogan in his book Ywyra ñe'ery: fluye del árbol la palabra (Asunción, CEADUC, 1971, pps. 57-58).

Everything happened in the place

where Our Grandmother lived,

in the Authentic Water.

This happened in our land in

years gone by.

This happened before our land

was destroyed.

(Because today's earth is merely

a semblance of that earth.)

And Our Grandmother lived in

the future center of the earth.

She held the staff of authority in

her hand as

in our future earth she lived.

She had a son, but she had neither

a father nor a mother.

She gave birth to herself.

Thus, the heart of the earth is water, Y Ete , the authentic water, the true and real water. Water is the heart of the earth; it is where life began. Earth's life is water. Today, as it happens, this Guarani prophecy has turned into a subject of more prosaic plans, but equally vital for the future, not only for the countries of Mercosur, but of the entire world.

FROM MYTHOLOGY TO A TECHNICAL REPORT

The Guarani territory is home to what is considered the largest aquifer on the planet. The Paraguayan public is perhaps unaware of this fact, but specialists have been well aware of it since the 1970s, and those who engage in geopolitics have probably been negotiating this issue for quite a while. I myself found out about the aquifer quite late and as strange as it may seem, it was through the Guarani of Brazil, who are worried about what is happening to their water and if it will meet with the same sad fate as their land.

So I quote here from a technical report: "The Guarani aquifer is certainly one of the largest reserves of subterranean fresh water in the world with an accumulated volume of 45,000 km3."

The interesting thing about this enormous wealth is that it corresponds almost exactly to the geographical and ecological limits occupied by the Guarani people prehistorically. It is really just that the water reserve be known as the Guarani aquifer. Cutting across borders, just as the original Guarani territory did, it occupies some 325,000 square miles in Brazil, 87,000 square miles in Argentina, 28,000 square miles in Paraguay and 22,400 in Uruguay. That is, the aquifer is an enormous body whose veins branch out for 463,322,590 square miles. And the waters are so pure that one can drink them untreated because of a natural process of bio-chemical filtration and self-cleaning in the subsoil.

My dear readers, many of you will have noticed that I am quoting a technical report I received from my Guarani friends, authored by the expert Aldo da C. Rebouças, who has written many papers on the subject.

The search for this pure water, this Y Marane'ÿ, truly fills us with admiration, but it also leaves us apprehensive. …

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