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Q'ero Andean Despacho Cloth - Natural - Quarter Design

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 • Product Size: 17" L  x  18" W

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This despacho cloth is a excellent example of the artistic Q'ero quarter weaving technique. Woven with natural colors and embellished with corner yarn tassels. Use this soft cloth as a despacho cloth in ceremonial offerings or as an overlay cloth on your mesa or personal altar. Handmade sizes range from 16 to 18 inches L x 18 inches wide. Allow some variations in color. Gently used. Select your style below. Made by the native Q'ero of Peru.
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  • A despacho offering is a ritual or ceremony used to provide a reciprocal exchange of thanks between humans, the Apukunas, or sacred mountains, Pachamama, Mother Earth, and the Hanaq Pacha, the Upper World. These offrendos, or offerings, can be quite diverse and the intention can be more focused such as for weddings or new babies, yet basically they are usually comprised of various plant, animal, mineral, and human-made products, which are arranged on a square sheet of white paper and usually burned, or sometimes buried, or offered to the waters, as a way to maintain a reciprocal relationship between ourselves and the living universe. Source: Peruvian Shamanism, The Pachakuti Mesa by Matthew Magee.
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    Q'ero Nation of Peru 

    The Q'ero Nation is located a one day ride on horseback from the road to Paucartambo in Cusco and is the oldest in the Inca Tradition. They live 4,300 meters high in the Peruvian Andes. They grow and eat potatoes, such as olluco and oca. Children between the ages of 7-14 attend school. Medical assistance is scarce. They work and live as a community of 800 or so people. They marry among themselves and have kept their customs alive since Incan times.

    The main activity of the Q'ero, besides agriculture, is weaving. They use natural dyes for their wool. Their techniques and designs are considered to be the closest to those of their ancestors. Their weavings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
    The Q'ero believe they are the last descendants of the Inca. According to tradition, their ancestors defended themselves from invading Spanish conquistadores with the aid of the local mountain deities (los Apus) which devastated the Spanish Army near Wiraquchapampa.

    The religion of the Q'ero is syncretic, consisting of a mixture of European Christianity with elements of the traditional religion of the Andes. Shamans of different levels (e.g., Altumisayuq, Pampamisayuq) still have a high reputation. They worship Mother Nature (Pachamama) as well as other mountain spirits like Apu Ausangate and other regional deities.

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