Inca tradition that continues from ancient times. Many people have a close relationship with our Mother Earth (Pachamama in Quechua), therefore every August 1st happens the perform of the ceremony in payment to the Pachamama. This represents the earth in the broadest sense of the word that is all nature that provides us the place and the resources we need to live. Mother Earth is our Mother Nature is everywhere, but we can find special places that people consider sacred.
The Incas gave her the greatest respect, it was one of their deities as was the Inti God or sun. Before any holiday they did, they used to give a preliminary thanksgiving ceremony, it was time that the earth eat, drink and smoke. It was time to give much of what she has given us.
Currently many people perform this ritual, buy the best products to thank and also to prevent situations that can not be beneficiaries for us. Among the ingredients we need for the appreciation, are: the coca leaf, fetus of an animal (preferably an Andean animal), some coins, the lliqlla (typical blanket with Inca motifs), alcohol (mostly wine or beer) cigarettes and food.
Everything that exists on our planet, especially in the Andean world has life. Since our people even rocks, mountains, rivers, plants, trees, etc. Nothing is inert in the Andean world, the stars, the universe, the moon and the sun are mainly life. When there is a ceremony, regardless of the type, all the people attend. Commoners dance, eat, drink and celebrate in communion.
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