Notes/Media-Pachamama for the Stream

Who Is Pachamama?

The Amazon synod has made one thing perfectly clear. That—from the nearly month -long Vatican meetings ostensibly to discuss the needs of Amazonian Catholics—a new star was born—that scantily clad diva Pachamama. Who is Pachamama? She has been front-page news ever since her debut at the opening of the synod. And now almost two weeks since the conclusion of the Rome meeting and she is still commanding headlines. Truth be told, she is more of a what than a who. John Zmirak has told you all about this event. But perhaps some of you are late to the game and need a recap. At the beginning of the Amazon synod, pagan idols of a South American fertility goddess, Pachamama, were placed at the center of a prayer circle. The participants bowed down and worshipped the idol. The pope attended the service, and later the idol was processed into St. Peter’s Basilica. Pictures circulated across the internet showing these same idolatrous rituals taking place in Catholic churches in Rome, with all attention on this naked lady idol and backs turned to the tabernacle. The ceremonies had their Catholic defenders claiming that all of this was somehow compatible with our religion and not a flagrant violation of the First Commandment. One of these apologies claimed that in fact Pachamama represented the Virgin Mary, as if this would make it all okay. But in fact it is never the case that Catholics bow down to statues of the Virgin Mary. It would seem that a fair-minded person would agree that a little bit of research into the identity of this Pachamama would be in order. This is especially true, given that one of the synod leaders is reported to have recommended that Pachamama be incorporated into the regular liturgy.

I found this account of Pachamama and her husband on a travel website. It describes the opening of an Argentine pre-lenten carnival, a period of celebration and feasting prior to the beginning of the penitential season of lent. You know—Mardi Gras—only in Latin America, it ain’t just Tuesday, folks.

But the first thing to do in order to start celebrating is to disinter the devil of carnival, a small dummy (pucllay) imitating the devil and symbolizing the sun, which for the locals represents the force in charge of fertilizing the soil (Pachamama).Popular rites and beliefs, but also individual philosophies of life, anything goes for the sake of fun. Religious faith mingles with popular beliefs and the eccentric celebrations everybody was waiting for begin in the center of town and its outskirts.
Pachamama’s Husband. Source: Screenshot from

I was able to confirm this account in a poorly written master’s thesis from the University of Chicago. (It was a social science degree of some kind.) According to this paper, Pachamama represents a synthesis of Christian demonology and traditional Andean mythology. But synthesis is hardly the word. “Cognitive dissonance” is more like it. Or “conceptual nuclear holocaust.” For those who stand by the “Pachamama is really the Virgin Mary” alibi, consider this. Her husband is a red-horned devil. His name is Supay, and he is the god of the underworld or the dead. But he also represents the devil of Christianity. An occult website informs us that Supay is represented with red horns and an “erect phallus.” Recall that the Pachamama statues in Rome depicted a naked, pregnant woman with a red spiral in her stomach. What does the spiral indicate? A serpent, apparently. So, to sum up, Pachamama is pregnant with the offspring of a demon.

Based on this research, I concur with Fr. Longenecker that it is very difficult to reconcile the mythology of Pachamama with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Nevertheless, Pachamama does indeed bear a remarkable resemblance to an extraordinary biblical character.

Introducing Asherah

During the rule of King Ahab of Israel and his wife Jezebel, the Jews suffered under a forced apostasy. Jezebel ordered the priests and prophets of Yahweh to be slain. and the couple established a national worship of Baal and Asherah. Like Pachamama, Asherah too is a fertility goddess. But the similarities don’t end there. Here is a description of Asherah:

She is portrayed as a nude female, sometimes pregnant, with exaggerated breasts that she holds out, apparently as symbols of the fertility she promises her followers. The Bible indicates that she was worshiped near trees and poles, called Asherah poles

Actually the number of similarities between Pachamama and Asherah are extraordinary:

  • Both are naked, pregnant fertility goddesses.
  • Both are worshipped near trees. (See the tree planting ceremony at the Vatican.)
  • Both are associated with rites that include sexual immorality (See the warning to young women concerning Pachamama festivals.)
  • Both are married to gods that are depicted with horns.

And let us not overlook these horned husbands, please.

Meet Her Husband, Baal

Really, in the ancient power couple that is Baasherah, the female plays the supporting role beside her rock-star husband, Baal. This should be obvious to anyone familiar with the Bible. He got all the A-list gigs:

  • Some scholars identify him with the Golden Calf at Sinai.
  • He is Yahweh’s competition in the epic showdown with Elijah on Mt. Carmel. (Really more of a no-show than a showdown.)
  • In his association with Zeus, Baal is the likely idol that is described as the desolating abomination in Maccabees and in Daniel.

And now his pregnant girlfriend shows up at the doorstep of St. Peter’s Basilica, where she is about to give birth to Baal’s child (sorry, I meant Supay’s—if that make And what does the pope do? He throws her a baby shower.

The Desolating Abomination

Pope Francis Worships Baal and Asherah in St. Peter’s Basilica

No need to beat around the bush any longer. It really doesn’t matter whether Pachamama is linked to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the eyes of Amazonians. If Pachamama is so linked to Mary, what greater blasphemy is there than to suggest that the Mother of God is in fact the Mother of a demon/serpent? And if her husband is the demon Supay, then Pachamama is by no means a virgin. For her husband is depicted with an erect phallus. Thus, what happened at the Vatican a couple of weeks ago was old-fashioned pagan idolatry, plain and simple. That it happened in one of the oldest and greatest and most important Christian temples in history—the very temple where the prince of the Apostles is buried—makes this no ordinary act of idolatry. As many have observed, this looks just like the desolating abomination described by Jesus in Mt. 24.

Jesus told us that that would be the sign of the coming of the greatest and most terrible divine punishment in the history of the world.

What Do You Believe?

There comes a time in a person’s life when life events force a person to examine one’s beliefs. As Christians, we believe

Folks, you have just witnessed the most most importnat andepoch making event in thehistory of the world, since the birth of Christ. For if that is truly the desolating abomination, then it is the sign of the fast-approaching . So fast, according to Jesus, that you won’t have time to finish your roof repair. great tribulation–the worst punishment the world has ever seen, according to Jesus’ own words.