Customs

Offerings to the Earth by Sacsayhuaman

Offering to the Earth (Photo: Wayra)

Midday today, the first of August, in Sacsayhuaman the Earth Mother received a large crowd of people who, with devotion, brought their best and most beautiful gifts to give to her in homage.

This tradition continues, year after year, without fail. The people of the Andes maintain with fervor their customs. Our Mother Earth is happy. Today was a day to celebrate. Yellow mistura shines in the hands and in the air, reflecting connection. The chicha and the wine calm the earth’s thirst while with coca leaves people make k’intus (bundles) and add flower to them. The smoke of the offerings purifies us.

The Pachamama, or Earth Mother, is open today. It is the appropriate moment to make the offerings (pagos) in thanksgiving, and in petition. We are pleased to present in what follows a set of photos from today’s event.

Coca Leaves (Photo: Wayra)
Coca Leaves (Photo: Wayra)
People Gathered( Photo: Wayra)
People Gathered (Photo: Wayra)
Purifying Smoke (Photo; Wayra)
Purifying Smoke (Photo; Wayra)
Devotion and Concentration (Photo: Wayra)
Devotion and Concentration (Photo: Wayra)
Flowers and Coke (Photos: Wayra)
Flowers and Coke (Photos: Wayra)
Flowers as Offering (Photo: Wayra)
Flowers as Offering (Photo: Wayra)
Studying the Coca (Photo: Wayra)
Studying the Coca (Photo: Wayra)
Stoking the Fire (Photop: Wayra)
Stoking the Fire (Photo: Wayra)
Smoke Rising (PHoto: Wayra)
Smoke Rising (Photo: Wayra)
Faith and Coca (Photo: Wayra)
Faith and Coca (Photo: Wayra)
Yellow Confetti (Mistura) in the Air (Photo Wayra)
Yellow Confetti (Mistura) in the Air (Photo Wayra)
Mistura like Dots of Sunshine (Photo: Wayra)
Mistura like Dots of Sunshine (Photo: Wayra)
Making the Offering (Photo: Wayra)
Making the Offering (Photo: Wayra) 
Alpacas and Llamas (Photo: Wayra)_0300
Alpacas and Llamas (Photo: Wayra)
A Hole for the Offerings (Photo: Wayra)
A Hole for the Offerings (Photo: Wayra)
The Best and Most Beautiful for the Earth (Photo: Wayra)
The Best and Most Beautiful for the Earth (Photo: Wayra)
A Meal for the Earth (Photo: Wayra)
A Meal for the Earth (Photo: Wayra)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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