South American Goddesses

Axomama, Lady of Potatoes Caipora, Lady of the Beasts Chasca, Lady of the Dawn
Cocamama, Lady of Coca Mama Pacha, Mother Earth Mama Quilla, Lady Moon
Nungui, Lady of the Manioc Star Woman, Heavenly Wife Yemanja, Mistress Sea

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Axomama, Lady of Potatoes

Her name means "Potato Mother." Potatoes have been the staple food of the peoples of the Andes since ancient days; they come in a wide variety, which are only now being discovered by distributors in industrialized nations.

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Caipora, Lady of the Beasts

Among Brazilians, She is a Goddess of the Wilderness. She protects animals from human hunters.

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Chasca, Lady of the Dawn

Among the Inca of Peru, She was honored as a Goddess of the Dawn and Twilight. She was the special Protectress of virgins and young girls.

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Cocamama, Lady of Coca

This tale from Peru recounts the creation of that most deliciously addictive food, chocolate. The ancient Peruvians believed coca brought health and happiness.

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Mama Pacha, Mother Earth

Mama Pacha was the Earth Mother of the Chincha of Peru. She oversees planting and harvesting. Some depict Her as a great dragon Who causes earthquakes.

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Mama Quilla, Lady Moon

In the Incan tongue, Her name means "Mother Moon" or "Golden Mother." She oversaw marriages, the calendar and feast days.

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Nungui, Lady of the Manioc

Among the Jivaro of Peru, She is an Earth Goddess Who oversees vegetation. She is honored as the Giver of Civilization. The manioc is Her special plant.

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Star Woman, Heavenly Wife

This is another tale of a supernatural woman who weds a mortal man. As told by the Chaco, Ge and Apinaye of Brazil, a woman brought agriculture to the people of earth.

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Yemanja, Mistress Sea

Originally an African Goddess, She is now worshipped through the Carribbean and along the Atlantic coast of South America, particularly in Brazil. She is the benevolent Goddess of the Sea.

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