Friday, July 01, 2022

Lima, Peru

Photographs: Yoselin Rondan Reyes

Inti Raymi ceremony held at the National University of San Marcos

Inti Raymi is one of the most important ancestral ceremonies in honor of Tayta Inti, where the return of the sun, the rebirth of nature, and the beginning of a new stage of life are celebrated. This activity is celebrated every winter solstice (June 24) in different parts of the southern hemisphere.

In order to promote cultural identity, the Sanmarquino Inti Raymi was presented, an event that had the special participation of the Tawantinsuyu Kamachiq community from Rimaqmarka. In this way, the festivities began with an offering ritual to Pachamama at the Ychsma Maranga Waka of the National University of San Marcos.

Inca’s procession

Subsequently, the attendees accompanied the Inca and the Colla in their procession to the rhythm of dance and music ensembles around the university perimeter, and then moved on to the ceremony that united the four suyus: Kontisuyo, Chinchaysuyo, Kollasuyo, and Antisuyo.

Finally, offerings were made, and the Willaq Uma (ancestral priests) and the Inca revealed the prediction for the Andean-Amazonian New Year.

To end the sun festivities, the four suyus presented their respective representative dances from each place to the public.

Performances of artistic acts.

Photographs: Yoselin Rondan Reyes