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Gurises and Guainas

In Misiones, missionary children are called gurises. Girls, guainas. And that's how they walk, between respect for tradition and the red land.

We live in times in which   language   works as a lens by which we see (or not) reality. It was previously thought that a word only served as a tool whose sole purpose was to describe an object. Today we know that   the words “create” things, people and even feelings   . For example, in the Middle Ages there were no children. And this was not because “really” there were no kids running around the countryside, but because there was no word to differentiate them from adults. In the Middle Ages, regardless of age, they were all considered big people. The same thing happens in the province of   Missions   . There are no boys or girls there, but gurises and guainas.

  A word that transcends borders  

Guri is not an exclusive word for Misiones. It is a term used in   argentinian coast   and much of Uruguay and Paraguay. The word comes from Guarani   Ngiri   and it means “boy or boy.” However, although in other regions the female of gurí is “gurisa”, in Misiones it is called “guaina”. On the other hand, the plural masculine noun of gurí is   gurises   and the plural female noun of guaina is   guainas   .

The   guaraníes   were originally settled in Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. There are currently descendants   indigenous people   which maintain their original language, homes, schools and their own identity. If there are gurises in Misiones, that's all thanks to them.

  Much more than a name  

In Misiones you don't say “come, boy” or “come, child”, it says “come, gurí”. When a missionary enters a house with children, he asks: “How are gurises doing? ”. But guri and child are not the same thing.   The gurises of Misiones live in contact with   nature     . Many are seen walking barefoot at nap time. His red feet from the red earth and his hands laden with lemons torn from the trees of the sidewalk. The guri is obedient to the elders, although sometimes he is maimed. The guainas, on the other hand, maintain traditions. They accompany the mother shopping, cut her nails or comb the grandmother. Missionary gurises, for better or worse, still live in a traditionalist society. However, even though one of them can   journey   far from his homeland, he may lose his name, but never his   identity   .

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