|Calm smooth water surrounded by hundreds of powerful "saltos" falls or cascades|
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
The Bird Park has a project to reintroduce the Red-and-green macaw in the Iguaçu National Park. If and when they do fly again over the Iguaçu National Park of Brazil they will certainly fly over the Argentinean Iguazú National Park, over the city of Foz do Iguaçu and neighboring cities in this Westernmost tip of the State of Paraná since parrots, macaws and parakeets have no need to obey human border restrictions.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
|Seen from above: Major Structural Arcs of Iguassu Falls|
Guru is a Sanskrit term that brings to mind the idea of someone who is a "teacher, guide, expert, or master" of certain knowledge or field. The knowledge or field we are talking about here is the Iguassu Falls Area – which includes the Iguassu Water Falls, themselves, as well as the cities and towns, people, organizations, religions and spirituality, culture, languages and cosmovisions in the area.
Guru also means someone who is more than a teacher. It is one who can help dispel the darkness and take students towards light, serving as a "counselor”, helping mold values, sharing experiential as much as literal knowledge, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual evolution of a student. So the purpose of this site is to help people, local and visitors, to see and experience the Iguassu Falls in all of its Seven Awareness Levels.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
| Mission accomplished. Members of the |
Mãe Edna de Baru's (Mother Edna of Baru) house.
An Afro-Brazilian Religious Space may be called "temple", "center" (centro) as in Centro de Umbanda (Umbanda Center), "terreiro" - a word derived from "terra (Earth) and simply "house". A "terreiro" can be an area in the bush that is separated for the service, the undergrowth is cleared, the soil swept so that feet can tap and stump on the ground without the danger of snakes, insects that could somehow cause harm to the people in ceremony. "We do not need a cathedral. Men make cathedral. The little corner in the capoeira (second growth forest around the house) is god-made and all we need".
Foz do Iguaçu is said to have 42 "houses". Each "house" is independent. There is no hierarchy. Houses do cooperate among them. Each house is presided over by a babalorisha (Babalorixá) or Yalorisha (Ialorixá). Babá means father and Ya (iá) is mother. Thus Babalorisha and Yalorisha means father and mother of Orisha. Commonly both are called pai (father) or mãe (mother) de santo (saint, orixa) in the sense that they take care and cater to the saints or Orishas.
An adaptation from the Jackson Lima / Blog de Foz list of
Umbanda and Candomblé Temples in Foz do Iguaçu (Iguassu Falls Area)
Thursday, February 08, 2018
In short: In this visit you will see statues representing:
In short: In this visit you will see statues representing:
Four Celestial Kings
Two Enlightened Children
Buddhism has three major world schools: Theravada, Vajrayana* and Mahayana. The Chen Tien Buddhist Temple of Foz do Iguaçu belongs to the Mahayana school of Buddhism, the one with a great presence in China, Japan and other Asian countries. Within Mahayana Buddhism, the Chen Tien Buddhist Temple of Foz do Iguaçu belongs to the Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land is a place created by the mind of Amitabha Buddha to whom the Temple is dedicated. The Amitābha (Amitabha) also known as Amida is a Heavenly Buddha, existing as an enlightened Being for many ages and many other world systems long before the appearance of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha Sakhyamuni – the Historical Buddha who founded Buddhism in recent times (circa three thousand years). The mantra of Amitabha is Namo Amituofo in Chinese. In Japanese: Namu Amida Butsu. In Sanskrit Om Amithabada Hri!
Sunday, July 02, 2017
|Official Grand Opening (Nilton Rolin / Itaipu)|
|The Fair (NR)|
|Brazilian Minister of Tourism Marx Beltrão with Paraguayan Galoperas Jar Dancers (NR)|
|Hackthoners at work (Festival Photo)|
Saturday, November 19, 2016
With civilization encroaching and natural areas availability shrinking, animals either go down extinction alley or adapt. I am glad to register that a family of field flickers has just moved in to an area in urban Foz do Iguaçu already shared by a growing number of bird species. I have taken pictures of them right on the spot where busy avenues Republica Argentina and Jules Rimet meet. The Field Flicker (Colaptes campestris) is called "pica-pau-pau-do-campo" in Portuguese, "carpintero campestre" in Spanish, "pic champêtre" in French and Ypekû ñu in Guarani - the native language to Jungle Lands that best translate Nature and its phenomena as far as tropical forests goes from the Amazon all the way down to Uruguay, Argentina and the whole of Brazil.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Over the coming decades, as more and more people move into urban centers, the world’s major cities will increasingly play a key role in the 21st century distribution of global power. More than ever, writes Vanda Felbab-Brown, governing capacity and legitimacy will be shaped by how states manage public security, suppress crime, and deliver stability and prosperity for millions of inhabitants.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Carla Daniele with 6-month-old son Victor in Foz do Iguaçu
Carnival in Brazil and everywhere else ended two weeks ago. And what I've got to say I will say it right now because otherwise time will make this thought incredibly old. I want to scream Thank you Brazil for not having canceled carnival 2016 because of the Zica Virus threat and explosion. Thank you World, because so many beautiful, brave people came in a time when all kinds of voices said that coming to Brazil would be dangerous. People came from Italy, from Portugal from the USA, from Canada, from Japan, Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, France, the UK from all over.Thank you, Gracias, Grazie.
|Alex Ferro Photo of students holding cards with |
relay host cities
The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay will begin on 3 May, but a taste of the colour and excitement that it will spread around Brazil was experienced in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday (24 February). In a celebratory event held alongside the Rio 2016 headquarters, the full relay route, the first torchbearers and the uniform they will wear were revealed to the sound of forró music accompanied by dancers on stilts.
Children weaved among the dancers, proudly holding aloft the names of all 329 towns and cities that will host the relay which will visit all five regions of Brazil between 3 May and 5 August, reaching 90 per cent of the population. Despite a hot summer sun that produced 40-degree heat, it was an energetic and multicultural celebration, as the relay and the Games themselves are expected to be.
Rio 2016 Olympic mascot Vinicius was the first to model the torchbearers uniform, showing off his samba skills in front of the gathered crowds and media. Brazilian judoka Érika Miranda, who was selected by Rio 2016 to be a torchbearer, also donned the white, yellow and green outfit, alongside others who have been invited to carry the torch by the relay partners Coca-Cola, Nissan and Bradesco.
Read more on official Rio de Janeiro 2016 site
Check List of towns and cities
Monday, February 22, 2016
The lady in the photograph grew up beleiving that she was part of Germany's Royalty and that she was Countess Nora Daisy von Kirschberg. She was never able to question why a Countess had to live a life in utter poverty, most of this time in Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) where she shared a shack with dogs, cats, garbage, lice, mice? She had arived to Foz do Iguaçu back in the early 70s with mother Countess Nora von Kirschberg who had once been married to a Count and Former Military called Kurt Bruno von Kirschberg. The family had to escape Germany with the Nazis on their heels.
Sunday, February 07, 2016
|Iguassu Falls Night Sky|
Fans of NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day might have noticed Friday’s installment: a stunning shot of the southern sky over Iguaçu Falls, as seen from deep in the Brazilian side of the national park surrounding the falls.
But really, you have to see it on a much more cosmic scale …
I was lucky enough to get in touch with the astrophotograher who snapped the shot, Babak Tafreshi, a photographer, science journalist, astronomy communicator, and award-winning creator of The World at Night (TWAN) project. By Victoria Jaggard posted in 2010. See photo check text HERE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
|Official Authorization to charge|
The rest of Brazilians will pay the same as Americans, Canadians, Australians, Paraguayans, Argentineans. Brazilians over 60, will pay half the amount. Brazilian Children will also pay half the fee from 2 through 11 will also pay half the entrance fee. As said abovce residents of Foz do Iguaçu do not pay to get in but will have to prove that they live in the city. They can do that by bringing a legal document with a photo on it plus a something that shows a local address, Voter's card may be accepted.
On the Iguassu Tourism Promtion Fund (ITPF)
The ITPF survives thanks to a R$ 1 contribution made by tourists and vitiors to the Iguaçu National Park, the Itaipu Binational Dam Tourism Complex, hotels and now the Three Border Mark now officialy part of the Marco das Americas (Mark of the Americas) Tourism Complex. The money contributed to the ITPF may be used beyond promotional interests. One example fo that "other use" has been seen after September 7, 1915 when a storm with strong winds, rains and left over 50,000 people roofless. Records show that morte than 3,00 houses had their roofs completey destroyed. The fund contributed over 80,000 to help the affected community mostly within a five-kilometers radius from the Three Border Mark.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
As it was until recently. Note Bahá’i
Message on Peace
Brazilian-side 1903 Border Mark
As it is since Tuesday, Dec, 21.
Photo by Marco Labanca
As it will look by the end of 2017as part of the
Mark of the Americas Tourism Complex
Theme Park on
Jesuit Missions and the
Cabeza de Vaca *
The Brazilian Border Stone Mark or "Marco" has been handed over to the private sector as a PPP (Public Private Partnership). The first stage of the the new Tourism Complex is open to the public. It includes a Visitors' Center, a Bar overlooking the Iguassu and Paraná Rivers besides of course offering the opportunity to peep at the Paraguayan and Argentinean Border Marks. The company who got permission to run the place hopes to deliver the whole project by December 2017 which will include a Cabeza de Vaca Memmorial, the reopened and renewed iconic Space for the Americas, restaurants and one or two observation towers.
* Did you know that the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca "discovered" Iguassu Falls on his way from (what now is) the Brazilian Coast to Asuncion, Paraguay, is also part of US History ?
The Argentine Side's
Three Borders Mark (3BM)
|Older and simpler red-earth version of the Argentinean 3BM|
|The Argentine 3B Mark as it looked until rather recently|
Read more on this HERE
|The Argentine side 1903 Border Mark as it looks today|