Yerba Mate and the Modernization of Rituals and Materiality


Yerba Mate has been contending with coffee and tea ever since the discovery of these three stimulants. Yet despite the popularity of the other two stimulants across the globe, Yerba Mate takes the crown for popularity in South America. Further yet, the main leaders for consumption of Yerba Mate is Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, with Bolivia, Uruguay, and Chile following closely.

However, in this exhibit, I will be honing in on the consumption of Mate in Chile, and will be exploring the differences in rituals and materials used back during the time of discovery up until the present day, as well as analyzing images of Yerba Mate to further understand whether or not certain rituals have been changed to fit the modern world.


Pablo Pollish

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