"some Kogi customs" Ciudad Perdida Local Custom Tip by richiecdisc

Ciudad Perdida Local Customs: 9 reviews and 23 photos

  Kogi huts, a sex-divided area
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  • Kogi huts, a sex-divided area - Ciudad Perdida
      Kogi huts, a sex-divided area
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  • Kogi huts in natural jungle setting - Ciudad Perdida
      Kogi huts in natural jungle setting
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  • Kogi boys sans Kogi girls - Ciudad Perdida
      Kogi boys sans Kogi girls
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Boys and girls are separated at age five and at this point, their lives diverge quite a bit. The little girls live with the rest of the women of the tribe in communal houses where they eat on their own as well. Oddly enough, unlike most cultures where men tend to get the best food, the Kogi women eat far better which contributes to them being much more plump overall than the very thin men. On the other hand, cocoa consumption is forbidden for women. The men all sleep and eat in their own communal houses as well and it is only for mating that the two come together, quite dramatically in a house strictly used for such purposes! Evidently, the Kogi men feel sex is a necessary evil to keep their tribe going and that it interferes with their attainment of knowledge which coca chewing is part of. The latter also leads to a decreased sexual appetite overall.

You will get a fair overview of Kogi life from your tour guide though it will be in Spanish. It was certainly informative enough and interesting but I found a lot more information on the Internet on returning and it would have probably made the trip more powerful if I had read it before going the trek! The Kogi are a pretty wild lot.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 23, 2010
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