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Andean Rituals And Offering Ceremony to Earth

Inca Ceremony to Earth

The feature expressed in the language of the specific (more gestures than words) experiential with fully internalized symbols need not be “explained.” The Andean characters have kept many natural/cultural and, in general, the symbol’s sensitivity and effectiveness.

There is a remarkable diversity of liturgical rites from one Pacco to another within a scheme and many common elements. Diversity implies being seen as a more incredible wealth than uniformity.

Two circles of ordinary rituals:

  • The life cycle marks the main stages of life from birth to death while incorporating new links between families (relatives by marriage and cronyism).
  • The annual cycle (popular liturgical calendar), which on the one hand, seeks propitiation within the production cycle
  • Secondly, social and religious consolidation as the festivities and mass pilgrimages also rites extraordinary crises facing individual social and climatic. For example, health rites, prayers for rain, offerings to go either a procedure or before mobilizing to take the land, sacrifices so that there is no longer a mine collapse or a road the place destroyed by lightning.

Ambiguous Situations


Faced with the power of mystery, one may have mixed feelings of confidence and fear. Supernatural beings are certainly contours as protectors, but as demanding when it comes to maintaining reciprocity when one neglects or even inadvertently reaches warnings that could lead to punishment if not remedied the oversight.

Mountain Gods as the center of ancient Andes cults & rituals

In ancient times, these Andean mountains, known as APUS, were considered divine and were objects of the cult of Inka Gods and Andean people. Up to our days, the Holy Mountains of Cusco continue to receive frequent Despachos (oblations to receive the grace of the Andean gods) from villagers in the region.

Each mountain is ¨Master¨ by a specific resource example. While the Apu Ausangate (the spirit of that mountain) is the owner or ruler of cattle, the Apu Salkantay is the owner of jungle products. Likewise, the Apu Sawasiray, situated between Calca and Paucartambo (The Inka Valleys), is considered the ruler of maize. At the same time, the Apu Ajhanaku Paucartambo does know as the ruler of all Andean tubercles.

Relations between APUS mirror those among humans; thus, as ancient legends have it, the Apus, and other Inca GODS, possess feelings, gender, interests, and rivalries. For example, it does say that during the world’s creation, there was a violent dispute between the Cusco Mountains Ausangate (male) and Salkantay (female). The Salkantay went away to the jungle while the Ausangate Mountain remained saddened in the Andes; After some time, both mountains started ¨talk¨ to one another again, exchanging products among themselves.

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