Customs, Cuzco Neighborhoods

Photos of a Gathering on the Octave of Corpus Christi, the Cacharpariy

The Saint of San Blas (Photo: Wayra)

After a week in Cuzco’s cathedral, the Saints fo its traditional neighborhoods begin their processions home today. It is the Octave of Corpus Christi, the eighth day after the feast when the cacharpaii, or retreat from the festive center is performed.

During the week, it is said the saints remained in the cathedral like a family gathering, replete with gossip, decisions, and politics as they discussed and debated the state of the City of Cuzco and its neighborhoods, as well as negotiated status among themselves.

The Saints’ ´physical togetherness stands as an icon of the whole that the city is assumed to be, and it only occurs once a year during this most important of feasts.

In what follows, we present a remembrance through photos of the Saints’ processions to the Cathedral on the day when they begin their return to their home chapels and neighborhoods

Two Stories of Glory (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Two Stories of Glory (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Drinking for his Saint (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Drinking for his Saint (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
A Small Cross-Section of the Celebrating Crowd (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
A Small Cross-Section of the Celebrating Crowd (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Dancing the Capac Qolla (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Dancing the Capac Qolla (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Eating at the Chiriuchu Festival (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Eating at the Chiriuchu Festival (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Children Wrestle to Bring the Platforms on Which the Saints will Rest (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Children Wrestle to Bring the Platforms on Which the Saints will Rest (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
The Sponsors are Present, Wearing Their Specific Markings (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
The Sponsors are Present, Wearing Their Specific Markings (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
The Incense Carrier Connects this World to the one Above (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
The Incense Carrier Connects this World to the one Above (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
The Dancers Wait for the Saint to Take a Small Rest (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
The Dancers Wait for the Saint to Take a Small Rest (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
These People are Dancing the Negrillos (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
These People are Dancing the Negrillos (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Cholitas in their Traditional Dress, Performing in Corpus Chirsti (Photo: Wayra)
Cholitas in their Traditional Dress, Performing in Corpus Chirsti (Photo: Wayra)

 

Previous ArticleNext Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.