Cuzco, Runa Simi (Quechua) Country, Peru
We participated today in a special ritual dedicated to Pachamama, the gods in the mountains and the Incas Sacred Valley, Willka Qhichwa. Although this was done for tourists at this occasion, the ritual has clearly a sacred origin in pre-Hispanic times.
We stood on a circular platform open in all directions, next to a beautiful pond. On the platform were two effigies of baby llamas and a clay bowl. After the shaman had blessed the above mentioned forces, every participant did the same by blowing coca leaves out of one’s hand.
The skies were clear and the sun was shining in a spectacularly beautiful surroundings. What more can you ask for when allowed to participate in such an ancient ritual dedicated to earthly forces. Blowing coca leaves to bless the nature in this way was a memorable experience. I am honoured to have been allowed to participate. Thank you!