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Qoyllur Rit'i: celebration and endurance

In Quechoa, Qoyllur Rit’i means snow star and the festival is said to originally celebrate the turning of seasons. Today the story often told about Qoyllur Rit’i is that of the miracle of Christ, a perfect example of syncretism not only in Latin America but around the world where Catholicism has so successfully appropriated local traditions and beliefs and turned them Christian. 745 more words

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To Qoyllur Rit'i

Cusco June 2009,

Got off the worst bus ride of my life! I’d lived in India, where I regularly took over cramped buses that lasted 18 to 20 hours, but nothing compared to this Lima-Cusco ride although I had a big soft seat all to myself right on the first row of the nicest bus. 849 more words

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USC ANTH 372, Part 2: Inkarri, Consciousness and Resistance in Colonial and Contemporary Peru

(This is Part 2 of a series of articles concerning “ANTH 372: Interpretation of Myth and Narrative”, a course I took at USC in Fall 2014. 3,721 more words

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USC ANTH 372, Part 1: The Inca Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Taytacha Qoyllur Rit'i

(This is Part 1 of a series of articles concerning “ANTH 372: Interpretation of Myth and Narrative”, a course I took at USC in Fall 2014. 3,136 more words

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