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Creative and Diverse Manger Scenes Compete in Cuzco

Detail of COPESCO'S Manger (Photo: Wayra)

Between Christmas and January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany called the Bajada de Reyes, manger scenes appear all over Cuzco. They can be simple or very elaborate. Families make them. Businesses make them. Governmental organizations put them up as do religious bodies. Indeed there is a culture of nativity scenes that is particular to Cuzco.

In recognition of this, every year Cuzco’s EMUFEC, its body responsible for overseeing and organizing feasts and festivals, holds an official competition of manger scenes where they value both traditionalism in the elements used as well as creativity, the new and the traditional.

In the spirit of the challenge they place before the people of Cuzco, we offer here a few photographs of public manger scenes around the city.

Manger Scene in the Qorikancha (Photo: Wayra)
Manger Scene in the Qorikancha (Photo: Wayra)

 

Mary and the Christ Child by the Qorikancha (Photo: Wayra)
Mary and the Christ Child by the Qorikancha (Photo: Wayra)

 

The Chinchero Manger at Wanchaq (Photo: Wayra)
The Chinchero Manger at Wanchaq (Photo: Wayra)

 

Representing the Chinchero Airport at DIRCETUR, Wanchaq, Cuzco (Photo: Wayra)
Representing the Chinchero Airport at DIRCETUR, Wanchaq, Cuzco (Photo: Wayra)

 

Manger as Qoyllurriti in COPESCO (Photo: Wayra)
Manger as Qoyllurriti in COPESCO (Photo: Wayra)

 

Machu Picchu and the Manger at DIRTEPOL(Photo: Wayra)
Machu Picchu and the Manger at DIRTEPOL(Photo: Wayra)

 

Mendivil Manger Scene in the Plaza de Armas Cuzco (Photo: Wayra)
Mendivil Manger Scene in the Plaza de Armas Cuzco (Photo: Wayra)

 

 

 

 

 

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