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Yerba mate (Brasilia)

Hello, my name is Paul Todd and I am looking for people who would be willing to tell me about the drink yerba mate. This is for a collage cultural report at Northern Kentucky University in the United States. What I am looking for is how you view the drink and how it relates to your culture. There are no right or wrong answers, just how you view yerba mate. Below I have designed several questions. Feel free to answer all, any, or respond to what you think is significant about the drink. Please explain your answers in a way that a person with no prior experience would understand. You can email me with your response at Protected content or post to the forum.

What is the significance of the gourd and how it is designed.

What is the significance of the bombillo?

What meaning does the drink hold for you? What images, thoughts, feelings emerge when you drink yerba mate?

Do you remember the first time you learned about or drank yerba mate?

How were you introduced to yerba mate?

What does drinking yerba mate mean to you?

What does yerba mate symbolize for you?

What is the cultural significance of yerba mate to you?

Do you drink yerba mate alone or with friends?

How do you prepare the drink?

Thank you in advance for your participation, your responses really help in the understanding of your wonderful culture.

Paul Todd