The Four Parts of a Day and Their Importance for Plant Collection

For the Huetar people, the day consists of four different times of day. The time of day is an important factor when collecting plants for medicinal use.

  • Night is from 6:00 pm until 12:00 midnight.
  • The Huetar respect the night. In order to go our to do any kind of work during this time of day, a person should ask permission. The night is majestic and full of wisdom, because it brings the light, that the day cannot give, to the nocturnal animals. Also, the night gives sweet smells to flowers that the day can not give. It is during the night that the Shaman holds traditional ceremonies.

  • Dawn is from 12:00 midnight until 6:00 am.
  • It’s during this time that the mind is organizing ideas about work for the day to come. This is a passive time, when the nocturnal animals are looking for their XX. That’s why a Huetar doesn’t walk through the forest at this time, to avoid being attacked.

  • Morning is from &:00 am until 12:00 noon
  • This is the time when the body is recharging and active, which makes the body consume food and water. This is when the body and all its organs are working the most.

  • The Afternoon is from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm

This is a time of pasive energy. It’s a good time to collect poisonous plants, because their toxins are more concentrated. At this time birds and animals are resting, so this is a good time for hunting.

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