Jaime Velez is a Sacred Fire Firekeeper and a mara’akame (traditional healer in the Huichol tradition.) This quote is taken from an article, The Divine Mystery of Corn, published in Around the Fire.

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I am Corn. What I mean is, I feel very deeply that Corn is my connection with the Earth. I relate corn’s sweet smell to mother’s milk, to home, to nutrition, to an unconditional generosity that feeds everybody—the rich, the poor, anybody. For me, corn tastes like wind and rain, and it has a special connection to fire also. When you put corn on the fire, it softens and awakens, bringing forth a particular aroma, like perfume.

 

— Jaime Velez
Tepoztlán, Morelos, México
July 17, 2018