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'Hijos de la Luna'
'Hijos de la Luna' means 'sons of the moon' and refers to the albinos who are more common in the Kunas community than anywhere else. This is attributed to the fact that they don't marry outside their tribe. Albinos, however, are considered people of special values and are looked highly by the Kunas. They are respected and are treated as special. So the Albinos have developed characteristics of leaders and are charged with the ruling and keeping the balance among the community
The Kunas have originally come from the ranges of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia being pressed by other tribes of the same region. They first moved towards the Darien Gap and then settled down in the archipelago. For the Kunas their land is 'Madre Tierra' ; the Mother of everything. It's the most respected spirit that protects not only Nature but also the power of their spirit and culture. That's why they don't want to destroy the pure unspoilt nature of the little islands. There is an old legend saying that there are 8 elements in Nature not to be disturbed. Among these are gold, silver and iron. They believe that if they allow these elements to be exploited the trees will dry away and die. Their customs were in danger until the Revolution of Tule in 1925. Then they gathered and decided seriously to fight for their rights to keep their own autonomy. The authorities and...
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