Thursday, June 28, 2012
Inti Raymi, Part VII, the Adults
Sunday was the day for the adults. I'm not sure when they started their "takeover" of the square but I heard it was around 10:30 or so and I didn't start taking photos until about 12:30. This is much more serious than the kids have been for the past two days but there's still an air of festivity about it. This is a festival so filled with the symbolism of generations that I couldn't begin to pick it all out--not even a small percentage of it.
There's the harvest festival part where they are thanking the appropriate deities for harvest. Then there's the ceremonial reclaiming of sacred tribal lands taken by the Spaniards (that's why these always take place in the square across from the main church because the Spaniards always built the Catholic churches on sacred ground). There's the whole "cowboys and Indians" part of it with the mastery of the whip and the chaps and hats. Somewhere in there is the whistling that is designed to alter their state of reality and it can bring on hallucinations even without the assistance of the corn beer or sugar cane liquor they drink (if you haven't already watched one of the YouTube videos, you can hear the whistling by watching one of the first three on the blog post Inti Raymi II). It's all wrapped up in something that is very symbolic and meaningful to the indigenous tribes here.