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Q'ero Andean Lliklla Mestana Cloth - Inkarri

SKU: txm0102

 • Product Size: 25" L  x  27" W

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Qero


Natural dye handwoven Q’ero mestanacloth with decorative vertical bands featuring a design representing Inkarri, cultural hero/founder of the Inkas. This cloth is suitable for use as a personal altar groundcloth or a carrying cloth for mesa sacred stones and artes. Handwoven by the Q’ero women of the high Andes.
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  • The Inkarri (or Inkari) myth is one of the most famous legends of the Inca. When the Spanish conquistadores executed the last ruler of the Inca, Atahualpa, he vowed he would return to avenge his death. According to the legend, the Spaniards buried his body parts in several places around the kingdom: His head is said to rest under the Presidential Palace in Lima, his arms are said to be under the Waqaypata (Square of Tears) in Cuzco and his legs in Ayacucho. Buried under the earth he will grow until one day, when he will rise, take back his kingdom and restore harmony in the relationship between Pachamama (the earth) and her sons. The Q’ero weave many versions of the regenerating Inkarri into their mestanas.

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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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