In the religion and mythology of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, apus are the spirits of the mountains - and sometimes solitary rocks and caves, that protect the local people in the highlands. The term dates back to the Inca Empire.The twelve sacred apus, or mountain gods represented in the outer ring of this piece are called:
- Mama Simona
- Manuel Pinta
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Abelardo & Luzmarina Mirano Chara Cusco, Peru
Abelardo and his wife Luzmarina are master shamanic artisans. They have been creating traditional sacred stone carving for many years and are well respected by shamans, teachers and practitioners both in Peru and abroad. Their art is infused with a deep understanding of Andean cosmology, ancient shamanic practices and a deep love for the apus and pachamama. They live in Cusco, Peru with their three beautiful children Paola, Chaska and Sebastian.
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