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Maize varieties conserved by indigenous Guarani Kaiowá, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. This indigenous group believe that the Guarani Kaiowá were born from the “Saboró Branco” maize variety Avati Moroti. This variety is considered sacred and it is used in the “Baptism of the maize” ritual, which enshrines the fertility and protection of the crop.
Credit: Flaviane Malaquias Costa