Tag: Cultural Insight

Cultural Insight: The Virgen Of El Quinche

Why does Ecuador need missionaries? This legend of La Raina Del El Quinche will give you some insight into the matter!

 

 

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Cultural Insight: Until When….?

Today’s cultural insight comes in the form of a story. The legend of Father Almeida tells a story of sin and redemption. Just click play below to be regaled with local Ecuadorian  lore.

 

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Cultural Insight: Kapak Urku

Folklore is an important part of understanding the historical underpinnings and thought processes of a culture. In today’s podcast we share the story of Kapak Urku, Mama Tungurahua and Taita Chimborazo. What cultural insight can you glean from the story?

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Cultural Insight: Syncretism

What do the Inca, the Conquistadores, the cult of Pachamama and Mariolatry have in common? Find out by listening to today’s Cultural Insight podcast.

 

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Rumicucho is one of the “high places” the Conquistadors destroyed.

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Cultural Insight: Abortion

Ecuador’s conservative abortion laws have been called “violence against women” by leftist groups. It is odd that no one seems to call out the inherent violence against babies brought about by liberalized abortion laws.

We pray that this will be the generation who sees abortion for what it truly is and abolishes it.

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Cultural Insight: Voting

Ecuador is a country the same size of the State of Colorado. It has five branches of national government and tons of bureaucracy. Their are over 13 million eligible voters and everyone must vote. Ecuador currently has 279 political parties and movements. Voting day is quite interesting. Today’s podcast gives a little more insight.

 

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Cultural Insight: Assumptions

 

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What statement would you think the driver of this truck is trying to make? What does your cultural context tell you? 

Now that you have in your mind what the photo above means listen to the podcast below to see if you are right.

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Cultural Insight: Pan de Yuca

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Pan de yuca or cheese bread (this recipe is taken from a forthcoming cookbook from Our Mission Path)

Produces 20-25 small yuca breads

Some food is attached to good memories.  This was a favorite of Timothy 2 when he discovered it on his first mission trip to Ecuador.  Pan de yuca, also known as Ecuadorian cheese bread is a treat the whole family can enjoy.  Seven out of seven Downings recommend.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups yuca flour (starch)
  • 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese (white cheese)

Instructions

First.  Combine the yuca starch or flour, cheese, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

Then.  Add the butter and eggs

Then.  Mix until small dough balls begin to form, if it’s too dry add 1-2 tbs of water or heavy whipping cream.

Then.  Lightly flour a work space and turn out the dough.  Knead the dough until it is smooth, even textured and not sticky.

Then.  Pre-heat the oven to 500 F.

Then.  Make small round shaped breads with the dough and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Then.  Bake. Once the oven reaches 500F, turn on broiler, place the dough on the middle rack and bake until the breads are golden, (5-10) minutes.

Enjoy.  Best served warm.

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Cultural Insight: Rumicucho

 

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Pucara de Rumicucho sits on a hilltop nearly a mile north of the Equator.
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The tactical advantage of Rumicucho is clear. The best way to Quito is through the valley that this ancient fort overlooks.
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Addy and Daddy enjoying a day at Rumicucho. 

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