Commentary, Customs, photography

Cuzco Celebrates its Compadres Today

Comapadres Together (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Comapadres Together (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

Throughout Cusco, compadres have taken the time today to call each other and send greetings. The markets and many streets have filled with large, stuffed dolls to represent the compadre, the person with whom you share a godchild, as a folk figure in Cusco. The dolls are not just folklore, they stand for just about every adult male in Cusco who had multiple compadres.  These ties cross cut the whole city and are worth celebrating in greetings, food, and music today.

In what follows we present a photo essay of scenes from today.

Children Observing the Compadre Doll (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Children Observing the Compadre Doll (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Snapping a Shot of the Compadre Doll (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Snapping a Shot of the Compadre Doll (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Happy Compadres Day (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Happy Compadres Day (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Closeup of Doll (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Closeup of Doll (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Compadre Doll On the Post (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Compadre Doll On the Post (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

A Hug of Celebration (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
A Hug of Celebration (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Dancing for Compadres (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Dancing for Compadres (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Spraying Foam for Carnival (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Spraying Foam for Carnival (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Enjoying Compadres (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Enjoying Compadres (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Compadres Celebrating (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Compadres Celebrating (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

Majeño Compadre in the Market (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
Majeño Compadre in the Market (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

 

The Compadre Satirized (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
The Compadre Satirized (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)
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