ATENEO of language and culture GUARANI Maitei horyveva opavavepe David Galeano Olivera PARAGUAY: TERERE, rather than a beverage, a symbol of identity national by Hugo Barrios for Infosurhoy.com 04/11/2010 read (click) on:!ABD38F7EF1C8DAA6! 992.entry ASUNCION, Paraguay Marcelo Garcia is sitting in one of the banks of the Plaza Uruguaya de Asuncion. With one hand, holding a plastic jar containing cold water, ice, and three species of natural herbs. With the other, holding a guampa charged with yerba mate and was placed at which a straw of aluminum. Garcia, 48 years old, dropping water on the grass, allowing you to take terere, a drink that is as Paraguayan Guarani language. Terere is our national drink, says Garcia, who is engaged in the sale of household appliances in a location in the downtown area of the capital safely. Taking terere is very good for the body, the weeds (herbs) we put help us to thoroughly flush the stomach and several other bodies. To me makes me well and also helps me to think, to plan my tasks, to share a pleasant moment with friends.

Garcia bought their terere to Antonia Bracho, who sells the beverage in a post at the Plaza Uruguaya. If I have to go to the end of the world, I want to take it with me because part of me Bracho, of 40 years, offers its customers a wide variety of natural herbs. Once customers have selected herbs, she puts them in a mortar and crush them with a mallet. With many herbs traditionally used for taking terere. They are attributed to all healing properties.

The most popular are the Mint i, kapi i kati, Santa Lucia, agrial, Kidron, ponytail, burrito, said Bracho. Five years ago I sell terere in the plaza, said Bracho. I wake up at three thirty in the morning to bring refreshing Mercado 4 remedies and with what won I can provide for my family, says Antonia, mother of four children.