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