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They simply admired it because of its beauty. The cross was square quadrada , measuring about two by two feet, its branches three inch wide, the edges carefully squared and the surface brightly polished. When the Spaniards captured the city, they transferred the cross to sacristy of the newly built cathedral, where De la Vega saw it in He was surprised that the clergy had not decorated it with gold or gems. As a rule, the veneration of the holy cross was a carefully designed ecclesiastical enterprise, incorporating native symbols and reproducing them on sacral level.

Most surviving Andean crosses do not predate the 16th century. Other Andean cultures, Mapuche, whose presence in the Americas also predates Western presence and date back t BC. Controversy[ edit ] The "chakana" is an invented tradition. Although the Chakana as the 'Andean cross', presented as an Inca and pre-Inca symbol bearing cultural, spiritual, or mystical interpretations as expressed in this article, has wide popularity in contemporary Andean culture, its roots are no older than the late 20th century, and the popular version, than The current Chakana mythos as it impacts the New Age belief system and the Peruvian tourist-oriented economy initiates from the publication of the book Andean Awakening, [4] authored by Jorge Luis Delgado, and Mary Anne Male.

This is the source of the myth. The twelve-cornered design itself occasionally appears in pre-contact artifacts such as textiles and ceramics from such cultures as the Wari, Ica, and Tiwanaku, but with no particular emphasis and no key or guide to a means of interpretation.

There is a very regular life here, so time is quite unimportant to us. Of course, the animals are considered part of the family, and you will find equal harmony between the people and the animals.

We have happy animals too," Antonio added with a laugh. Antonio said that there was going to be a despacho ceremonial offering this afternoon in the courtyard behind the mayor's office to begin the festival.

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I asked if he was performing the ceremony. He explained that they had two Apus, and that they always communicated with each other. For this reason, every offering had to have an offering to each Apu. Furthermore, two paq'os, one male and one female, performed all ceremonial offerings held in the village. Today their ceremony would be performed by the paq'o, Paq'o. I guess I had a puzzled expression on my face, because Antonio burst into laughter. When I met Paq'o and his wife I cannot remember her name, but it wasn't Paqo , we all had a good laugh together.

Paq'o had been trained to be a paq'o from a very early age by his grandfather. His grandfather wanted Paq'o to follow in his footsteps as a paq'o, so he may have been intended to be a paq'o since birth.

Antonio and Paq'o explained that the traditions were handed down through the families. You became recognized as a powerful paq'o only by being accepted as such by the people, or by being struck by lightening.

I personally would prefer the first method! Every community in the Andes has their own particular traditions concerning the offerings or despacho. There are slightly different ceremonies if you are making an offering to an Apu or to Pachamama. Within the community traditions, there are still individual differences in how each paq'o or yatiri conducts their despacho or offering. In Paratia that day, Paq'o and his wife performed an offering to the two Paratia Apus.

Paq'o wore a festive poncho with no hat for the ceremony. His wife was dressed beautifully in her fiesta garb. She wore a multicolored wool skirt and a black jacket with the entire bodice covered with brilliant colored buttons sewn into a unique design. She had a multicolor, multi-designed shawl around her shoulders. Most impressive was her wide brimmed hat.

The hat was black, but you hardly noticed its color, as your eyes were drawn to the encircling fringe of hanging pearl-like beads ending in a bright red tassel.

The top of the crown of the hat was covered in a design of colorful buttons. Her costume, traditional for the women, was distinctive and stunning in harmony with the costumes of the fiesta dancers. The ceremony began with the traditional kintuis, containing each person's intentions. Each participant blows their individual wish or intention onto the kintui and offers it to each of the Apus.

The kintui for the second Apu was dipped in wine and a local alcohol, but not for the first Apu. I was particularly curious about the bell on a cord with many small objects that Paq'o held in his hand during the ceremony.

After the ceremony was completed in the courtyard it would be burnt at a later time , I asked Paq'o about the significance of the bell and the objects.

The bell was to call the Apus. One of the objects was hand carved from alabaster. I had a collection of such hands as objects of Andean art, but did not understand the meaning the paq'os attached to them.

Accompanying the bell on the cord were crystal beads and beautiful stones. I was told that they came from India and were used in ancient times as a rosary. Paq'o explained that they were symbols of power. Since his was very old and handed down to him, it contained a great deal of power. My meeting with the Paq'o, seemed like a re-encounter with inherent knowledge. I felt welcomed and at home with the traditions of the Paratia Community. Pacha It was late the following afternoon, after the animals had returned from their grazing in the mountains, that Antonio and I sat a little ways from his house and started the first of many conversations about the Cosmos and the heritage of our ancestors.

One very interesting concept he taught me was that Pacha is not only space and time. Pacha also includes quantity, other realities, the Divinity, even what is still a mystery. Pacha, explained in a simple or narrow way, is comprised of three worlds. Kay Pacha is the Middle World of this reality, represented by the puma.

Chewing Coca Leaves Antonio opened his bag of coca leaves, chose three of the best shaped leaves, and placed them on top of each other slightly spread apart and formed a kintui. Antonio blew his intention of honoring the Mother Earth on the coca leaves and then crumbled them into dust as an offering to Mother Earth.


He said in a calling voice, "Let's chew, Pachamama. Let's chew, beloved Pachamama. So it is normal to be chewing coca leaves during a visit or during a conversation.

It is polite and an expression of hospitality. There is even a ceremony in the giving and receiving of the coca leaves.

Coca leaves are offered with one hand. However, it is a sign of respect to receive them with both hands, or placed in your hat, your bag for coca leaves, or in the corner of the poncho.

It is considered impolite to receive them in one hand. These are very ancient customs. We sat for a while chewing coca leaves mixed with some lliqta which is made of quinua and other plant ashes. Antonio was remembering how things were changing.

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Now we call Mother Earth by the names of Pachamama or Mamapacha. But his grandfather told him that in the old times, Pachamama was Mother Earth. Mamapacha was the name for the Cosmic Mother.

But this world is not a very wellknown dimension. It is an unknown world with much hidden information and mystery. Uku Pacha Antonio asked me if I ever saw any old-looking snakes in my life. I said, "No. We ask him to teach us how to shed our skins of pain, fear, sorrow, and guilt like he sheds his skin. I said to Antonio, who is a Quechua paq'o, "In my native Aymara tradition, this underground world is called Mancca Pacha, because Mancca means to eat.

It is named for an aspect of the Mother Earth that eats. That's correct! It is the Mother Earth who is always ready to help us, releasing our heavy energies. It is for this purpose we use coca leaves, flower petals, and incense in a special ceremony to carry our wishes or intentions with our requests and our messages to the Mother Earth.

Antonio replied, "Yes! These energies like to 'eat and drink' a lot. We often have ceremonies offering coca leaves and chicha to live in harmony with these energies. He then offered me more coca leaves to chew. We do this because we know that these places can receive the heavy energies through the intentions on the coca leaves.

The Mother Earth will take care of these energies. The Mother Earth can transmute any heavy energy. Nothing is too difficult for her.

She easily takes dark matter and turns it into a beautiful crystal. He was very interested in all of my experiences and felt that the crystal had been sent to me for a period of time so that I would be drawn to the knowledge of the Inca ways. Antonio ended the conversation saying, "Nothing happens by accident. We went into the house and got ready for the dinner that Antonio's wife was preparing for us.

The dumpling is formed in the palm of the hand and keeps its shape even after it is cooked. We took time to enjoy the food and only talked about everyday matters.

After the meal, the conversation continued about the worlds of the Pacha. This world, the world of our experiences, is called the Kay Pacha. Antonio said, "This world is a manifestation of another reality that exists in the Cosmos. This is the place where we remember 'who we are'. He said, "We have a saying in Quechua, Taripay Pacha, which means the time to find ourselves. We are in this reality of experience to recognize our entire being in our heavy energies sorrows and regrets , our gifts, and the Essence of where we originated.

According to our ancestors, our Father is the Sun, so we are the Children of the Sun. All that comes from the Light is alive.

And if it is alive, it has vibrations. According to how dense the vibration is, indicates the different levels of reality or frequency.

But this Kay Pacha is interconnected with the different worlds. It is manifested in the beauty and perfection of all created things.

All of the reality of the experience of Kay Pacha is one in the Essence. We are here to experience this creation, not to judge ourselves. We need to release our heavy energies.

We have the opportunity to develop and manifest our unique gifts and dreams in this reality. It is important to understand who you are, so that you can begin to realize that you are one with the Cosmos. Antonio smiled in agreement and he asked me if I was a puma. All I could say at the time was, "I don't know. The puma means many things to the Quechua.

The puma is a warrior.

The puma has balance. The puma has purpose. The Puma Runa have these same qualities in their spiritual quest as they experience all the Worlds and their realities. A potential puma lives in every person. So part of our spiritual journey is alone. We can do special ceremonies together. We can pray together.

But there are some things only you can do on your own. Only you can bring the heavy energies from inside of you.

The puma does what he needs to do to survive without calling attention from anybody. You don't see the puma. You only see the results of where he has been. You have given me much to think about. But that is another conversation. What about the Hanan Pacha, the Upper World? It is in the reality of the Apukunas. The Condor is our messenger from the Cosmos and connects the reality of the Light Beings to this reality.

The Children of the Sun found it natural to accept these beliefs about these Light Beings who live in the reality of the vast and multileveled Upper World.

The key is opening your heart. I wanted to know more about the deeper meaning of ayni and other Inca beliefs, but at this time I was more interested in the Upper World. After contemplating these things quietly for a while, I asked, "How do you know when your heart is open? Seeing the disappointment in my face, Antonio added, "The understandingand deeper meaning of ayni and the essence of the Inca beliefs will unfold for you in the right moment and in the right place.

For now, this is enough. The Condor Soars It was a few years later that the words spoken that night at Antonio's were finally real to me. I was taking an American tour group with spiritual interests to Machu Picchu as I had done so many times before. This time, things were to be different in many ways.

It was October and the weather mild. The spring rains had not started yet. There were some showers, but they passed quickly.

You could clearly see the valleys and the Snow Mountains with all the Apus. We were the only group at Machu Picchu this evening. The tourists had left and, with special permission, we were able to go back to this historic site to hold our ceremonies in this mystical Power Place.

We had been at Machu Picchu for four days, but this was the group's first visit at night. The sky was clear and you could easily see the Milky Way. Everybody was feeling the presence of the Spirits. It seemed that everyone in the group of about twenty-five people had gone deep inside themselves. The magic of the night induced a reverent silence. I was aware of the rhythm of my heart. We spent four hours in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We had time for group meditations and free personal time.

At approximately one o'clock in the morning, I called everyone to regroup at a pre-set place so that we could all depart together. Everyone sat in a circle. I was seated facing the East. My body felt very relaxed as I closed my eyes. In a commanding voice, I started to call the different native names for the Divinity, invoking the assistance of the Apus and Pachamama. I thought that I was only thinking in my mind, but I actually said aloud, "The Condor is coming!

Then somebody said "Whoa, whoa. There was a huge cloud with a clear shape of the condor moving his wings and slowly approaching us. It was a moment of joy.

Many of us had tears in our eyes. We closed the ceremony with many hugs, as we felt bonded in a very unique mystical experience. Some days later, I talked with a local teacher about this experience. He said, "The Condor always was there. You could not see it because your heart was not yet opened. I knew in my own heart that I had made contact with Hanan Pacha. Office Blessing I have many fond memories of the role that Antonio played in my growing passion for the spiritual.

Throughout the years, more and more people came to Peru seeking a more spiritual rather than a strictly scientific tour guide. Now I had my own Tour Company called Kontiki and was opening my first office. The name of the tour company has significance. I was on my way back from some of the islands on the Lake as a free-lance tour guide. I had gone up to the top of the tour boat and was meditating to pass the time. During the meditation, an idea, or message, came to me to open an office for people to be able to contact me to be their tour guide.

I wanted to attract people who wanted spiritual or mystical experiences at our many Power Places, in addition to seeing the sights as a tourist. I wanted to take people to "alive" places instead of "ruins," because I knew that all of these sites are energized. Three names came to me during the meditation.

They were Tunupa, yatiris, and kontiki. His face is carved in the side of the mountain at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Yatiri is the Aymara name for an Andean priest. Kontiki comes from "kon," Divine Energy, and "tiki," Earth Energy. Kontiki signifies the connection of the two energies. I decided to use Kontiki for the name of my travel company.

Now that I had the office, I was looking forward to the blessing ceremony and family celebration of my new venture. The morning of the festivities, I was remembering the day I went to the Alacitas, a once-a-year market in Puno in early May, where many people displayed miniatures of all aspects of life.

The tradition is that you download a miniature representing what you wish for in the following year.Most surviving Andean crosses do not predate the 16th century. The Condor is our messenger from the Cosmos and connects the reality of the Light Beings to this reality.

However, there is also a proliferation of global environmental policies that coalesce with neoliberal multiculturalism. I decided to have some food, since Antonio had not yet returned and I was hungry. Peru is said to be the "morning of the new sun" - the portal through which rays of the new light will begin to awaken humanity to a new consciousness. Alberto Villoldo.

Global Indigenism and Peru often meaning the Andes as Latin American Anomaly Scholars commonly explain the prominence of indigenous rights agendas in terms of much broader global trends.

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