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The Guayusada A traditional storytelling ceremony

“Cock-a-doodle-dooooo,” the rooster shrieks. It’s 2am. I drain out the noise, knowing that I have another hour or two before I have to wake up. “Liza warmi!” my host mom screams. This alarm is not one that I can snooze. My vision is still blurred by the hazy darkness, but I know that it must be around 4am. It is time for guayusa. I untangle myself from my mosquito net and climb outside to soak up the heat from the burning candela. More people accumulate, as the tea steeps and steams. An elder tells a tale of the community from many years prior. Images of jaguars, eagles, boas, and the wild jungle dance in my mind as his story continues. We sip our guayusa in anticipation. He continue

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