Molas, Kunas and a Matriarcal society

Molas IMAG00506 Mother’s day next Sunday is a good opportunity to appreciate and talk about this beautiful, very popular art from the Kuna tribe that inhabits the San Blas Islands in Panama and Colombia.

Against popular believe the Mola is not a very old Art. It is believed to have born after the European colonization and may make one of the first traces of a-culturing made around the tribe influenced by religious groups.

The most interest fact of all and what motivates our timely reference is that the Kuna was a Matriarchal society. The woman was the center of their social circles and considered of superior judgment making dominant part of the society decisions and between others, respected for her procreating powers. The heirs were passed always through a woman and even when single were considered important because of their capacity to bring man power to the group either from marriage or throughout procreation.

The Mola is worn then by the Kuna women in a perfect pair in the front and back of their blouse replacing the tattoos that were covering their bodies before the colonial time mentioned.

They are used today as décor in several forms and they are in most cases a reminder of a feminine power and value that has being present through time regardless of popular believes.

Happy mother’s day.

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