Here are some quotes from other articles to give you an idea about the Tarahumara people:
“Not only do they run, they most often run barefoot. In fact, they run barefoot for up to 24 or 36 hours nonstop, covering distances of up to 300 kilometers, all the while kicking a little ball in front of them. But the truly amazing thing about this tribe is that they can accomplish all this at altitudes of 2,000 meters or more.”
“Two Tarahumara men, or Raramuri as the men call themselves, were famously entered into the 1928 Olympic Marathon. Not knowing the length of the course they finished crying, “too short, too short!” (… and that’s what I always shout at the end of a marathon. Of course)” The Tarahumara runners, who kept running were eventually stopped by the officials who had to break the news to them.
“One of the most grueling races around is the 100-mile long Leadville Race to the Sky which is run annually in the Colorado Rocky Mountains…..The next year they entered again, now familiar with the course, how to use the food and water stations and shown how to use the flash lights properly. Unsurprisingly they finished 1st, 2nd, and 5th, but what was surprising was that the winner (55 years old) ran the second half only 20 minutes slower than the first – this was a 100 mile race for Pete’s sake!”
“They came back again and won in 1994 and then won unofficially in 1995 (they hadn’t paid to enter so the win wasn’t recognized)”
After winning a 100 mile race with the Tarahumar an American Olympic runner once commented: “Yes, I won the race. I beat him by 2 minutes. But he had stopped twice to have a cigarette.” He later adds, “These guys never train, they never warm up, they were drinking last night, and they could still run another 100 miles.”
“Tarahumara smoke and drink before each race.”
“Runners smoke and drink right until the day of the race.”
“They drink strong alcohol and smoke, especially on the nights leading up to their inter-village races – not exactly an athletic lifestyle is it?”
“The Tarahumara never train & never warm up.”
No professional runner is willing to run more than 100 miles with the Tarahumara, do to possible internal organ damage. Only the Tarahumara run 300 mile races.
The Tarahumara run for fun.
The Tarahumara of Mexico evaded Spanish conquerors in the sixteenth century. But can they survive the onslaught of modernity?
“The life of the Tarahumara has changed more in the last 20 years than in the previous 300.”
“They regard work as necessary for survival but lacking intrinsic moral merit of its own, and secondary to spiritual obligations and other matters of the soul. Their traditional economy is conducted by means of barter, not cash; they have a word for sharing that doesn’t translate directly into Spanish or English: “kórima,” a Tarahumara woman may say, opening her palm for what a chabochi would call charity. There will be no thank you for the proffered coin, though, as kórima implies the obligation to distribute wealth for the benefit of everyone.”
“They also eat a lot of Maruchan, the Japanese instant noodles that come in plastic-foam tubs. Foil-wrapped potato chips, too, and plastic liters of Coca-Cola, and Tecate beer in pop-top cans…”
“By the most recent government count, 106,000 Tarahumara live in Mexico, making them one of the largest indigenous groups in North America; the majority still live in relative isolation in the area Mexico promotes as Copper Canyon,…”
“They live a simple life undisturbed by modern technologies,”
The indian tribe has a simple way of life and believes in a simple law called ‘the attitude of humble silence’, which is love, humility, hope and joy.
The TARAHUMARA is an Indian tribe which lives in the northern parts of mexico. The name TARAHUMARA means: “where the night is the day of the moon”
‘raramuri’ (uto-aztec) is a description given to the tribes people and means ‘the light-footed one’. To be a ‘raramuri’ you must have time and care for each other, and to love people more than goods.
Their mythical and religious festivities are made up of dances, “tesqüino” parties and offerings, where the traditional corn alcohol beverage called “tesgüino” is always present. To them, dancing is a prayer; thus, by dancing, they seek forgiveness, they ask for rain (“dutuburi” dance), they give thanks for the rain and for the harvest,
Shamans (sukurúame) and peyote cactus (híkuli): A shaman is the guardian of all social traditions of the people. Their obligations as ritual and therapeutic specialists bind them to defend traditional order. Their job is to establish a balance between the body and the cosmos. Some shamans use peyote cactus for their healing activities. It is a hallucinating plant that is restricted, and only shamans know the right amount to use, as well as how to collect and to store it. It is used as skin cream to heal rheumatism, snakebites and other ailments
Never conquered by the Aztecs and despite being defeated by Mexican armies, the Tarahumaras still consider themselves an independant nation. So strong is this conviction that in the Fifties they more than once took complaints directly to the United Nations. Perhaps the purest and most unmixed of any Indian tribe in Mexico, so little is known about them that their true name “Raramuri” was corrupted to “Tarahumara” by white men and never corrected.
Unable to tell a lie
However, this running ability is only one facet of their life style. The truly remarkable thing about them is an ancient religion which has bred into them a moral code so strict that they are unable to tell a lie. Psychologists suggest that over the centuries this value system has actually caused physiological changes in their brain that preclude speaking anything but the truth. Nor can they cheat or fail to aid a fellow tribesman.
Luis G. Verplancken, a Jesuit priest who lived among them for many years and is probably the greatest authority on their history and culture, describes them as loyal to God, to their own traditions and their own culture. They give greater value to persons than to things. In their eyes both the white man and the Mestizo are more pagan than their unbaptized fellow Raramuri because over the years these two groups have enslaved, lied, cheated and driven them off most of the fertile land they once inhabited.
Today the “People” (the translation of the name Raramuri) have been driven into the highest reaches of the Sierra Tarahumara, in the State of Chihuahua. There, even the valleys are over 5000 feet above sea level. Now, it appears their last bit of fertile land may be taken over by outsiders, forcing the Indians to retreat higher into the mountains.
What has kept the “People” true to their ancient customs is a combination of a wilderness homeland and an inherited value system of obligation to fellow men…
In their culture, long established rituals and symbols replace things of a contemplative nature. Thus, they prefer to pray in ritual dances rather than verbal forms. Their ancient theology was not based on dogma or abstract concepts; nor is their new Christianity. Rather it is a day by day practice of living in harmony with nature and their fellow man.
Yet, these remarkable people have maintained themselves, enduring hardships that would have sent a group with less inner strength fleeing to urban centers, abandoning their tribal culture….
If there is a culture of people that are incapable of lying, then the New Humanity of Baba must be at least that. The New Humanity must be a bunch of people incapable of lying like the Tarahumara, as well as incapable of masturbating like the Aka. Can you imagine the meaning of the word ‘masturbation’ actually disappearing from human consciousness for several centuries. Well, that’s whats about to happen. The New Humanity will be a bunch of authentic people, who cannot grasp what inauthenticity means. Only the inauthentic know what ‘authenticity’ means. The New Humanity is also a bunch of people who find nothing unbelievable about people being able to run 200 miles non stop.
What else will the New Humanity be like?