Archive for August, 2011
By David Knowlton and Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara
Cities not only have food, they have snacks, those tidbits you just have to much on because they are there. One of Cuzco’s favorite nibbles is a crunchy puff of air with a slight bacony flavor accompanied by salty, substantial parched corn. Toqto and cancha, they are called. They just come together like best friends, or an old couple where the one is not without the other. Read the rest of this entry
Cuzco Eats introduces poet Clark deJong and his depiction of life on the plazas of Cuzco in this post. Hardly a traveler visits Cuzco who doesn’t at least cross the majestic Plaza de Armas with its broad walkways, gardens, and benches surrounded by extensive collonnades and monumental temples (the Cathedral and the Company of Jesus). While pigeons throng to the square for the grains sold to passersby who feed them, both Cuzqueños and tourists sit and watch, or just wait. Read the rest of this entry
By David Knowlton with help from Walter Coraza Morveli
Brown and dry, the hills surround Cuzco as August begins. The month of wind when many Cuzqueños pull out their kites and raise them high into the sky, August is also when many Cuzqueños make an offering to the earth.
August first, today, many people have called the wise ones, the Andean priests, to their homes and have gone to the markets to buy the elements that go into a mesa — a mass and table — to feed the earth. They will undergo the ritual of putting the mesa together and offering it to the earth today. Read the rest of this entry