Andean Offering

Whenever our friend Don Luis Machaca from the remote Andean hamlet of Japu near Q’eros visits us in Cusco, we ask him to do an offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (tutelary spirits that inhabit the mountain peaks) on our behalf. Don Luis is a highly respected ritual specialist and the ceremonies we … Continue reading Andean Offering

Remembering Don Jesus Ccana Tito

Recently the Andean ritual specialist Don Jesus Ccana Tito from Ayllu Amaru near Pisac died aged 81. When I first arrived in Peru in 1987 I was on my ‘year abroad’ from Durham University in the UK where I had studied Spanish language and literature. I was supposed to hand in a dissertation on a … Continue reading Remembering Don Jesus Ccana Tito