The Kogui claim to be descendants of the Tairona culture, which flourished before the time of the Spanish conquest. The Tairona were forced to move into the highlands when the Caribs invaded around 1000 AD, according to the which allowed them to evade the worst effects of the Spanish colonization. Like so many ancient myths concerning holy mountains at the , their mythology teaches that they are "Elder Brothers" of humanity, living in the "Heart of the World" (the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta). Those not living in the Heart of the World are called "Younger Brothers." Their mythology suggests that these Younger Brothers were sent away from the heart of the world long ago, seemingly in reference to these same Carib people who are said to have originated from South America.
The Kogui base their lifestyles on their belief in "The Great Mother," their creator figure, whom they believe is the force behind nature,... Read More