Offering to Mother Earth
Offering to Pachamama: The mother who we are accustomed to evoke as giving birth and taking care of life.
Here, in the Andes, we have an Offering Ceremony to the Earth. Some of us call it “payment”. But, we call it OFFERING or simply, “AYNI” or reciprocity with our Mother Earth who gives us life.
In that way, we also give strength to the Pacha Mama, so that she might go on generating life. During that offering ceremony, the shaman perform sacred prayers for your health and spiritual well-being. Often the prayers are made for the job, prosperity and protection. In our Andean religion, everything that surrounds us are alive and we consider that balance of the life So, one of the ways we have to harmonize and re-balance with this Sacred Ceremony. Therefore, prayers are made with three coca leaves and which are offered to the Apus (Great Mountain Spirits). We also use elements like sweets, plants, incense, animal fat and great variety of candies and chocolate, we buy in the market and that the Andean people call “DESPACHO” (offering).
“These offerings are prepared by initiated people like the Andean Priests or Healers. It is a very ancient wisdom that our brothers and sisters from the most distant and well-known communities like Q´eros, Ausangate and Wasao, have managed to keep alive. And today, they share it with us”.
“According to the Andean religion, ritual elements are being offered to our Grandfathers; the Apus (Sacred Mountain Spirits considered as our Grandfathers), to the Wak´as, Wamanis, Aukis, Q´ochas, to Mother Earth, the Creator God Pachakamaq and to all the Sacred Beings with whom we cohabitate. The offerings are different and the ceremonial mesa, set in accordance with the people”.
“The Pacha Mama receives her rites in the believers´ domicile, as well as in the great wayside shrines or summits situated in different places close to the Andean Cordillera”.
Ceremony Organization, Offering to Pacha Mama
The ceremony begins with the passenger pick-up from your hotel at 9:00 am to transfer you to a quiet place outside of the city to be in contact with nature and perform our ceremony.
Upon reaching the ceremony site, the shaman is prepared with the ceremonial MESA or altar, to begin with the Offering Ceremony.
The ceremony begins with different steps to have good ceremony.
Cleaning: it is an important part to have the passenger with a good preparation and clarity to enter and understand more the ceremony, this ceremony are performed with florid water, palo santo, incense which will cleanse of negative energies.
Coca reading: this ceremony is carried out in order to see the passenger problems and to having a good knowledge to help with the offering.
DESPACHO, this is the most important moment for this ceremony, the shaman will begin with the preparation of the offering with prayers and prayers to the sacred deities of the universe and the earth, so that it can help us in our personal purposes such as health, job, money, etc.
BURNED, it is here after calling the energies of the participant, helping with prayers to the body for health the shaman initiates the burning of the offering so that in this way it are divided for the mother earth and the sacred mountains.
After burn the offering, we will prepare our things to return to Cusco city and hotel.
The offering ceremony lasts about 3 hours, the start time will depend on the weather conditions.
- 01 Shaman (Pampamisayoq)
- Flowering ceremony
- Offering ceremony.
- Coca reading ceremony.
SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Entrance tickets, if is necessary
- Other unmentioned in the service.
- Rain poncho
- Some warm clothes for the wind
- Camera or video cam
The participants in the ceremonies will be allowed to take pictures and film, as long as they avoid distorting the ceremony and do it in complete silence, as the ceremony requires a certain degree of exchange among the participants and of concentration on the part of the Andean Priest.