Walking in the Andes of Peru is a unique experience, the way the Andean man conceives the world allows us to experience different sensations. It is necessary to have an open mind and heart to let in new emotions.
Walking in the Andean culture
The Andes, as you realize, it’s not just Pampas, how ugly that would be. Here at every moment the landscape is changing. That is why the runes, those of us who have always lived here, have always been walkers.
Imagine that we spent days carrying our crops and our animals to exchange them for other crops. Some say that the roads could last weeks. In our charged flames we walked. That is why the roads were wide and well made.
Now we hardly do it anymore, we prefer to take the car. If then we are lazy.
Start of the road.
To begin with, we entrust ourselves to the spirits of the mountains to accompany us and tend their ways to take us where we are going. We insert three coca seeds (Coca Ruro), if the pachamama receives us, our trip will be good.
During these long roads we were always accompanied. Those that accompany us are the winds, the rains, the rays and the salqas (animals). There are ways to recognize them.
The winds for example, when it is strong and it still hurts in the face. That’s Q’asa Wayra (freezing wind) is male and generally upset. He walks in a time of frost. On the other hand, the soft and warm winds are good winds, they cool us. They are sent by the pachamama to accompany us.
Also the rains and lightning are those who accompany us, there are those who are strong. This usually when you have not entrusted yourself well, or because something is not right.
All these are different, they are like us there are orq (male) as well as Chinese (female) as well as there are bad and good ones, they are easily recognized as noma.
The landscape in the Andean culture.
In the Andean culture the landscape is alive, it is our relative and our friend with him we talk and learn because he teaches us.
Here we do not take distance, we do not abstract, we do not objectify, we do not rationalize, the consciousness of ourselves and the consciousness for ourselves are alien to us. It is that we do not live alone but in community. There is no loneliness here.
The mother earth Pachamama
She, then, cannot live by herself, nor can we live without being raised by her.
The landscape that we see and accompanies us is the conjunction of the ayllu and the pacha of this town, it is a person with his own name, personality, and own way of life. Harmonized by a tayta or principal apu -.
The cosmic family Ayllu
In this sense, ayllu is our family, but not in the narrow sense of our human relatives but includes our farms, the animals we graze, as well as our compadres, the hills, the rivers, the springs, to the valleys and streams, to the pampas, to the sun, to the moon, to the stars, which are our neighbors and friends and with whom we meet, talk and reciprocate since we were born; they have seen us grow and grow old and with them we will continue to accompany each other even after death, when we move on to another way of life, whatever it may be.
The Universe Pacha
Pacha, meanwhile, is the cosmos where we live and from which we are inseparable. There is no pacha in itself, apart from ayllu as there can be no house without family.
Kay pacha, the world that is directly visible to us in everyday life. In addition we have what we call uk’u pacha, which is what we do not see directly because it is behind or better inside of something that is opaque. However, by the Andean priests, they perceive the uk’u pacha and sometimes they also perceive those who participate in the ceremony without being priests.
Thus, the Andean world is completely accessible to the insight of the senses and the subtlety of feelings. Here we are all continuously talking, reciprocating, dancing with sincerity and with singles: fraternally. And walking is one of the ways to reciprocate, it is a ritual.
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