Buen Vivir, Sumak Kawsay – Living Well in Harmony with all life

“Buen Vivir” and “Vivir Bien” (“Good Living” and “Living Well”) are Spanish expressions to name an ethic paradigm coming from ancestral indigenous traditions from the Andean and Amazon regions in South America such as the Kichwa “sumak kawsay”, the Aymara “suma qamaña” or the Guarani “ñande reko” (Medina 2006), amongst others. They are systems or ways of living that conceive relationships between human beings and Nature in holistic, relational, and harmonic terms, considering community as the fundamental axis of the reproduction of life, based on principles of reciprocity and complementarity (Azcarrunz 2011).

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