Peru travel guide


Peru Travel Guide

Legacy of Incas

Peru, the most famous mystical country in South America Peru has a great legacy of the Inca culture. From the last century, Peruvians are recovering all knowledge of The Incas, for example sacrifice, offerings and rituals, besides all these offerings and sacrifices are realized to reach favors and assistances to their mountains. One of them was keep the health to work and living from the land; therefore the Incas worshiped the Apus (mountains) and Pachamama (the same land) to have a long life. They buried offerings like "Despachos" and "Pagos" in some sacred mountains (Apus).

People who need a favor or miracle burn special things called "despachos" and they offer in secret and silent places to the Mountains at nights. As additional note, people who pass by these secret places cannot see the offering ashes, because the curse may turn you, this is known as "Kutihiskka". The Despachos are package formed with different objects; most of them are singular objects, for example: many candies, alpaca dry fat, little cruises, inter alia.

The principal aspect of the Despachos is the power that the Andes Mountains have to give the curse to another person. A "curandero" is the person who prepared this kind of gift to Andes. Nowadays, there are less "curanderos" in Peru, but they are respected by all his people.

Ayahuasca ceremony and curandero

Another example of the mystical legacy of The Incas is Scissors Dance. Violin and harps play music while a man dances with scissors in right hand making aerobic exercises and stunts. Jose Maria Arguedas called this incredible dance as "La Danza de las Tijeras" (Scissors Dance). It is a typical dance in the central Andes. Its history began when the Spanish pursued to scissors dancers, because they were children of the warlock men (Curanderos), for this reason, they hid in the mountain caves, so people around the mountains called them: children of the Devil.
  In Republic age, they came back to cities and towns, and governors and mayors obligated them to participate in Processions, thus they were known as "supaypawawan" in Quechua. A "danzaq" was considered as a priest in his community. The local legends talk us about a pact of blood between the "danzaq" and the devil.

Another important legacy of Incas is the Ayahuasca. This is a mystical potion in Incas time. This infusion is made with a medicinal plant, known as Ayahuasca (a type of jungle lianas) and Jurema (another hallucinogenic plant). In Quechua language, Ayahuasca means "Rope dead" because The Incas believed that the potion had the power to come back you from world of the death, if you drank it.

Ceremony of Ayahuasca

By the way, The Ayahuasca Ritual is magic, a Chaman or curandero (guide) conduct the Ayahuasca ceremony at night. Like Yoga sequences, this ceremony has steps: first, the Chaman sings the Incas songs, after that, visitors and tourists drink the Ayahuasca potion, and they have visions and hallucinations, after two hours, tourists begin to wake up of their solid dreams. Some people say that you can see your past and future, but other peolpe say that you can face yours fears. The last years, the pharmacy education is considering these types of potions in its Natural medicine section.

A mystical beverageAll cultures of the world have different type of mystical legacy, for example, in oriental side we can find several types of yoga, the Buddhism in India and Masai and Yoruba medicine in Africa, therefore Andean culture cannot be absent of the traditional legacy. The mystical tourism is growing faster in the last years and Peru is the most important country to enjoy this type of tourism. Undoubtedly, The Incas Empire was a Mystical and magical place.

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