扎巴拉人居住在横跨厄瓜多尔和秘鲁两国的亚马逊丛林里。亚马逊丛林是世界上极具生物多样性的地区,扎巴拉人或许是最早生活在这里的族群之一。在西班牙占领之前,这里曾有过包括另外39个群体的族群,而现在扎巴拉人是这一族群仅存的最后代表。他们在亚马逊河流域的中心发展了一种异常丰富的口头文化,以记载他们对自然环境的了解。这可以从他们拥有大量的动植物词汇以及他们对森林中的药用植物的医学实践和知识得到证明。这种文化遗产通过他们的宇宙论、神话、仪式、艺术实践和语言得以表现。事实上,他们的语言就是他们的神话和传说的载体,讲述着民族和整个地区的历史。
The zabala live in the amazon jungle that straddles Ecuador and Peru. The zabala may have been one of the first groups to live in the amazon jungle, one of the worlds most biologically diverse regions. Before the Spanish occupation, there were 39 other groups, and now the zabbalas are the last remaining representatives of this group. They developed an exceptionally rich oral culture in the heart of the amazon basin to document their understanding of the natural environment. This can be proved by their large vocabulary of plants and animals as well as their medical practice and knowledge of medicinal plants in the forest. This cultural heritage is expressed through their cosmology, myth, ritual, artistic practice and language. In fact, their language is the carrier of their myths and legends, telling the history of the nation and the whole region.

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