Guaraní Definition and Meaning

Guaraní is an indigenous community belonging to several countries in South America , an indigenous language and an official currency used in Paraguay.

The Guaranís as an indigenous or native people encompass a territory that today includes several countries in which Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay are located.

It is estimated that the Guaraní people currently have a population of more than 5 million inhabitants.

The Guarani live mainly in Paraguay where the Guaraní language is considered along with Spanish the official language of that country and whose currency is also called Guaraní in homage to the indigenous people.

Although in Paraguay the vast majority of Guarani descendants suffer from some kind of miscegenation especially by the Spanish, in the northeast of the country there are still Guarani aborigines who have not lost their culture. Among the best known are the Apapocuva.

Being indigenous or aboriginal means that for generations they have belonged to the place where they were born preserving their culture and language.

Although the Guaraní community is divided into several towns that have adopted their own identity and culture, there are 3 aspects that most of them share:

  • Ava ñé’ë: which refers to your language defining identity in the way you communicate,
  • Tamõi: which refers to grandparents, that is, to common ancestors, and
  • Avareko: which is the social behavior or behavior within an ideological and mythological framework of its people.

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