Inti Raymi in San Juan

 

grafik_inca grafik_inca

The Inka celebration of the sun, spent with the indigeneous people of San Juan and surroundings, small villages near Otavalo. Much more simple and a lot wilder than the large show produced annually in Cusco. The celebration takes place at the solistice in the last weeks of June, when the sun is as far away from the equator as it can get. It lasts one week or more. Originally it served to please the faraway sun that it may return again.

 

 

From a range of grass steps in front of the village church all village inhabitants can watch the rather wild dances of the groups. Some carry wooden bars with fruits and living chickens, thanking for the harvest. Everywhere you find a sort of chewing gum freshly beaten from the molasse of sugar cane. Lots of sweets, lots of food and even more drinking. From the upper grass steps a completely dizzy old indian grandma tumbles down to the meadow in three somersaults. There she looks around rather puzzled and after a half an hour climbs up again....

For each one of the dancing groups the actual ritual takes place in the church. Again one of the funny blends of religions, but perhaps the only possibility for the high land inhabitants here to give the Christian religion a real meaning....

 

 


----------------------------------------------- With a paraglider above the Inca roads -----------------------------------------------