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Springs of Water, Puquios, Give Life

Inca Water Fountain (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Water is the most important element for life. It has vital importance for human beings, as well as for the rest of life on earth. You find it in much of the planet in seas, rivers, lakes and a combinación of water and land. As a result, it is not surprising almost all ancient cultures venerated water as something crucial for life.

In places water flows through openings in the earth. We call these springs puquios or manantiales. Inc omparison with the hot springs that also spring out of the earth the waters of puquios are drinkable.

People make reservoirs to accummulate this water and in many cases purify it for use. In our mountains where there is a lot of flora and fauna springs break forth. Animals, plants, and people find water there year round and life continues.

A Puquio in Cusco (Photo: Wayra)
A Puquio in Cusco (Photo: Wayra)

From the peaks of the mountains the earth absorbs water that falls as rain or snow. It is as if the earth were a kind of purifier of water taking it in and then letting it out now crystalline. People have made basins by these springs and use them for consumption, bathing, and washing clothes.

Day by day this water emanates from the earth so that plants and animals can continue with life. But they are diminishing in volume and many are drying up because our climate is changing and global warming is having an effect on the rain and snow.

We can no longer take our water for granted and must take care of it and give it value.

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