Mariri Magazine is a journal about the rainforest for people who love the rainforest.
Photo by Amy Seidman
Mariri celebrates the rich cultural and biological diversity of rainforests around the world, with a focus on Latin America and the Amazon Basin. Mariri explores rainforest ecology, conservation, Ecotourism, indigenous culture, and natural medicine through thought-provoking articles by writers who are so passionate about the rainforest - they’ve gone native. In fact, some of them are native.
The planet’s rainforests are disappearing; rather than bombard you with depressing reports about species extinction, environmental degradation and exploitation, we will inspire you with tales of heroism, innovative solutions, eco-adventures, and amazing feats of biology.
The rainforest has an infinite capacity to heal humanity; we, too, have an infinite capacity to heal the rainforest.
- To give a voice to the indigenous people who are the stewards of the last remaining pristine rainforests.
- To showcase the work of scientists and researchers who are documenting the unique and dwindling biological diversity of the rainforests.
- To explore the healing traditions of rainforest shamans, and communicate the importance of preserving their vast ethnobotanical knowledge.
- To serve as a platform for activists and conservationists to expose threats and highlight innovative solutions to rainforest protection and sustainable development.
- To be a window to the rich, cultural landscape of rainforest societies, with a focus on the ordinary heroes that live there.
- To encourage, inspire, and celebrate love for the Earth’s rainforests, and activate social engagement in rainforest conservation.
What is Mariri?
Photo by Amy Seidman
In the Amazon Basin, Mariri means many things to many people. To some Indian tribes, Mariri is the abundant, life-giving force of the forest, which is celebrated during times of harvest with ceremonies, singing, and dancing. To others, Mariri is the healing spirit of certain medicinal plants that they consider to be powerful, intelligent teachers. In some regions, Mariri refers to the magical songs sung by curanderos during healing ceremonies, the curative force carried by those songs, or the ability by which a healer can spiritually extract illness from a patient. In the Amazon Basin, for the many tribes and communities who regard Nature as sacred and omnipotent, Mariri is a manifestation of the rainforest’s infinite capacity to heal and sustain life.