Mapuche culture is widely known for maintaining an important connection not only with the earth and nature in general, but also with the energy related to it. According to the traditions of the Mapuche people, the spiritual guides or machis have the necessary healing powers to detect illnesses by deeply understanding nature’s behaviour; along with components related to ancestral and magical wisdom.
For the Mapuches, being ill or feeling well are just two sides of what composes the idea of health. These components are always in balance according to how everyone interacts with the environment; and this can be seen in the daily activities of the communities, such as in political and social aspects, as well as in cosmogonic beliefs or what is related to them. Illnesses are, in that way, a manifestation of an imbalance in some aspect of daily life, either of the individual or the community and therefore needs to be restored with help of a healer or guide.