Urkupiña 2011
Aug 31, 2011Public
Photo: The whole place is littered with rocks.  The people break rocks out of the ground, take them home to sacrifice all year, then bring them back the following year,
Photo: These Kallahuayas (Andean shamans) bless the rocks and the things people buy.
Photo: This woman is selling miniature items that represent what people want in real life. People will purchase these items, then do sacrifices to Pachamama/Mary with them, so that they will actually gain them this year.
Photo: All age groups and social classes were present
Photo: This man is using a sledgehammer to remove part of Pachamama/Mary from this "mine" to take home and sacrifice to throughout the year. He must collect any chunks of rock he breaks off, the bigger the better! Only virgin bedrock is worth anything. He must do sacrifices to the rocks every Tuesday and Friday for a year, and return the rocks to this same hill next year.
Photo: This woman has rented this "mine" from the local priest and in turn collects money from all who wish to take rocks from her hole. My language helper told me that the censer next to her is her own offering to Pachamama, asking for many customers.
Photo: Step 1: Break off some rock
Photo: Step 2: Offer beer to Pachamama/Mary
Photo: Step 3: Light some firecrackers (to make sure she's paying attention??) Then get it blessed!
Photo: All ages and social classes were present.  And lots of beer.
Photo: I wonder if he asked for a camera last year??
Photo: Public bathroom
Photo: Bathroom attendant.  For a couple of coins, you get some paper and use of the facility.
Photo: The hill is packed with people all the way down through the avenue you can see in the upper center of this photo.
Photo: A Kallahuaya (Andean shaman) blesses the petitions of some ladies. Notice the rosary/crucifix.
Photo: Renting a brass band to play a few songs during the blessing ceremony is extra encouragement to Pachamama/Mary
Photo: This young man would like to get a bus this year.
Photo: This young man is setting up a miniature lot, either for himself or to rent to someone else. He uses branches to represent trees, stones to represent boundary lines. The renter will place the houses and other items they've purchased on the lot, as another ceremony.
Photo: The first saxophone I've ever seen in Bolivia.  It was a nice mellow sound in contrast to the trumpets and euphoniums.
Photo: A burnt offering to Pachamama/Mary.  This is what they will continue to do throughout the year.
Photo: This Kallahuaya (Andean shaman) greeted us like old friends. He had obviously been drinking a lot. Note the rosary/crucifix (Church) and the censer (Andean). Note also the two banderas -- Bolivia and Peru. My language helper said he was probably Peruvian.
Photo: This family is dancing on their rented lot, to a brass band. This is an act of faith on their part: they are celebrating the reality of what they are petitioning.
Photo: These women have come down from La Paz.
Photo: More firecrackers