The Guarani people tended to their cherished land learned the cycles of the soil and became aware of it’s distinct pattern, leading to the tribe migrating to new land.
One of the elderly Guarani warriors had long lost his strength and stamina to hunt, fish & farm refused to go on, deciding instead to remain at the original settlement to see out his days.
The youngest of his daughters, Yari, made a bold commitment to stay by her father’s side, instead of migrating.
This display of devotion and pure love was to be greatly rewarded.
One day Yari and her elderly father were visited by a mysterious traveller in need of food and rest.
They welcomed him into their home with open arms, unaware that their visitor was a shaman who had been sent to them from Tups (the God.) in thanks of their hospitality he granted them one wish.
The Guarani warrior asked that his life force, strength and stamina be restored, so that he could grant his beautiful daughter Yari her life back, one where she could live freely without having to care for him.
The shaman smiled and soon returned with a branch of the caa tree.
He displayed the branch to them and quickly proceeded to plant the shrub, picking the luscious green leaves, which he later dried beside the fire.
Once dried he ground the leaves finely, he placed them into a gourd and added hot water, encouraging the father to sip the brew.
As the elderly warrior sipped the brew his vitality returned and in time he was finally able to follow the path of and be reunited with the long departed Guarani tribe.
Meanwhile Yari was turned into the Goddess of the Moon, who’s spirit has protected the Guarani people & Yerba Matè plant ever since.
The Guarani tribe adopted the ritual of drinking the green herb to restore their strength, courage and vitality, used in rituals & drunk before hunting this plant became a life force for the tribe.