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The Tarahumara - A Hidden Tribe of Superathletes Born to Run


Nestled in northern Mexico and the canyons of the Sierra Madre Occidental is a small tribe of indigenous people known as the Tarahumara. They call themselves Rarmuri, loosely translated as "running people," "foot-runner," "swift of foot," or "he who walks well." They are known for evading the Spanish conquerors in the sixteenth century and keeping their cave-dwelling culture alive and secluded. They are also known for their long distance running and their superior health, not displaying the common health issues of "modern" societies.A recent National Geographic study (Nov. 2008) states: "When it comes to the top 10 health risks facing American men, the Tarahumara are practically immortal: Their incidence rate is at or near zero in just about every category, including diabetes, vascular disease, and colorectal cancer...Plus, their supernatural invulnerability isn't just limited to their bodies; the Tarahumara have mastered the secret of happiness as well, living as benignly as bodhisattvas in a world free of theft, murder, suicide, and cruelty." So what is the Tarahumara story and what can we learn from them? How can we use their history as an example for our own primal living? For some they may not be an example of what is considered primal, but they are one of the closest we can find in today's world. http://liveprimal.com/2009/07/tarahumara-the-running-people/

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  • Rudeboi#

    Rudeboi November 30, 2012 8:06:31 PM CET

    Bull fucking shit, the very best runner are in East Afrika. I have yet to see one of these people in any marathon or Olympic games.

  • 556revolution#

    556revolution November 28, 2012 12:08:27 AM CET

    Nice, It definitely makes me want to expound on that five finger running shoe now! I really need ot research it more though!

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