Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Communal Tradition of the Guaraní Indians
Santa Maria de Fe, just down the road from the site of the Jesuit mission. Each base community has a church, a school, a farm, and usually some other money-making enterprise. They all had a strong ethic of sharing, but they differed in how much of the property was held in common; in some communities the farm fields and houses remained the private property of the members, who gave part of their harvest to the community in return for help of various kinds. The same system was used on the reducciones.