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The cyclical creator myth of the Two Twins is, along with various others, common among diverse Guaraní groups. The Guaranís’ religion is based much more on words than on rituals, so much so that some of the first missionaries came to consider them “atheists.” The myth of the Two Twins was discovered only at the beginning of the twentieth century and, since then, it has been recorded in many parts of Tupi Guaraní territory, ranging from the Atlantic coast to the Bolivian cordillera. This version was compiled by Víctor René Villavicencio Matienzo in 1989.

The twins are seen as the...

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