The Kogi People

The Kogi People

The Kogi are the last surviving civilization from the world of the Tairona, and their cities in the Sierra Nevada mountains are untouched by our world.

The Kogi have no written language yet they practise a philosophy and form of thought that has been pretty effectively destroyed everywhere else by the advance of the modern world.

They consider themselves to be the guardians of the earth and are worried by our attempts to destroy it. They refer to us as Younger brother. Their communities are governed by Mamas, who are always male and their female equivalents Sagas.

They are much more than just leaders. Kogi culture centres on a belief that the material world is the physical trace of a thought-world sustained in “Aluna”. Aluna is not just a spirit world but the thinking and acting life force. The role of the Mamas is to mediate between the physical world and “Aluna” to ensure that dangerous and destructive forces are held in check.

Maintaining their culture and way of life is essential if life on earth is to continue for all of us. The Kogi are trying to preserve a world of ideas that was once shared by all humanity but which is now all but lost.

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Kogi Settlement Sierra Nevada Mountains

The mountain they inhabit is an isolated triangular pyramid rising over 18,000 feet from the sea, the highest coastal mountain on earth. It is on a separate tectonic plate from the Andes, and its unique structure means that it is virtually a miniature version of the planet, with all the world’s climates represented.

The mountain is quite literally a micro-cosmos, a mirror of the planet on which every ecological zone is represented and in which most of the plants and animals of the planet can find homes.

Kogi Settlement Sierra Nevada Mountains
The Kogi People

Hidden from the modern world

Kogi People

The journey to reach their native lands involves passing through a jungle region known to local tomb robbers and cocaine makers as “hell,” where nature and armed gangs combine to seal the Kogi away.

Hidden from the modern world, the Kogi are revered by other Native Americans from the Amazon to the Hudson River. Today’s Guatemalan Maya are led by men who were sent as children to be trained by the Kogi. The Seminole people of Florida send offerings to them.

Mamos the enlightened ones

Their spiritual leaders are raised in the dark for their first 18 years, to communicate with “ALUNA”, the thought process that shapes and maintains reality, the source of life and intelligence. They then become Mamos (Enlightened Ones).

Some work at remote places which they call “hot spots” they call Esuanas, where they believe living energy pours into the world. They guard their isolation and secrecy so that they can continue this work.

Kogi Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Alex Rogers

“The Kogi think about threads between these systems, effectively these systems really are very strongly interconnected.

Along this stretch of coastline in Columbia you must have a microcosm of what is happening elsewhere in the Caribbean and also elsewhere on the planet. Their views that all these activities are really having a serious impact on a larger scale are quite right.”

Kogi People Sierra Nevada Mountains
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