2016 / People / Culture

Qoyllur Riti

  • Photographer
    Sebastian Castañeda

In this festivity religious syncretism (Andean Catholic) is appreciated, venerating the image of a crucified Christ, while in a nearby snow-capped making the faithful who come ancestral rites. Attending this festival, are varied to a specific melody extras, there is another longest pilgrimage route "Tayancani". The participation of the faithful is massive. The meaning comes from the Quechua "shining snow". This festival is held in the hamlet of Sinak'ara the foot of snow (Qolquepunko}) where the Sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllur Riti, located in the district of Ocongate to 4750 meters and is to reach the devotees make a pilgrimage 8.5 km. Away from the community Mahuayani to the Shrine. On-site implementation of dances seen, the pilgrimage of the ukukus, religious misas in Quechua. Pilgrims walking to the mountain Qolquepunko to participate in the festival Lord of Qoyllur Riti, this walk have a distance of 8.5 km. Away from the community Mahuayani to the Shrine.

Photojournalist since 2002. I worked as a photojournalist at El Comercio until 2014. The main assignments are the wars in Iraq and Syria, elections in Venezuela and the funeral of Hugo Chávez in 2013, earthquakes in Chile in 2010 and Ecuador in 2016, voodoo ceremonies in Haiti, Occupy Wall Street in New York, social and political reporting in Cuba, the Rohingya crisis. Special coverages in Peru on illegal mining in the Amazon, Shining Path in Peru, earthquake in Peru in 2007, Qoyllur Riti, Takanakuy, Shamans and the pilgrimage of the Captive.