27 April 2024

You will not be able to guess what that wooden structure is for

This is “cepo” – the method of punishment in the Embera villages. If you are found guilty of stealing or fighting, for example, you will have to lay down on the ground with your leg locked thru the hole. You will be laying there for four to nine hours for one to five days based on what the “noco” (leader decides).

This is placed right at the entrance of the village so every villager can see the person. The idea is to create shame. No food or bathroom when your leg is locked in. (You will go home at the end of the hours every day though).

The last time it was used in this village was six months back.

Posted April 27, 2024 by Rajib Roy in category "Vacations

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