Andean wedding ceremony
This Andean wedding ceremony is most important than a common conjugal union between two individuals, as it is a whole sacred ritual performed by an Andean Priest.
In the Andean wedding ceremony, not only do the people present participate, also are present all the Sacred Deities considered in the Andean religion. We can mention here the main ones that constitute the Andean Duality which is composed of THE APUS (Mountain Spirits), representing the masculine side and THE PACHA MAMA (Earth Mother), representing the woman and in addition to these two Main Deities, Water is considered as the element that represents Purity and Fire which symbolizes the force.
Since many years ago, the Andean people, continuing with the traditions of our grandparents, kept on performing these ceremonies considered sacred the perfect bond between man and woman, so that they might prosper and have complete happiness within the PACHA MAMA hands, who will give them the products they might be able to have in their surroundings and the protection of the APUS who will be guardians against any enemy that might want to harm the couple.
The Andean marriage ceremony begins with the pick-up of the couple from the hotel at 8:00 am, to transfer them to sacred valley, where we have a sacred area for these ceremonies.
On the route, you will see beautiful natural landscapes of the sacred valley and if you want we will be making stops for taking photos of the couple for the video and photos included, the transfer time is 1.5 hours to the place of the ceremony.
Upon arriving at the place, the couple will arrange their wedding dress, and be ready for the ceremony.
Andean marriage is a way to unite harmonies of love between a couple, who will invite as participants the sacred energies of nature, the Mother Earth (feminine), the Apus or sacred mountains (masculine), who with all their strengths and energies They will give us all their blessings to live in harmony and love forever.
The ceremony begins with the couple entering the center of the ceremony, where the Andean priest waits for the couple to begin cleaning with sacred plants, waters and incense in this way to be ready to enter to MESA, the Andean Priest altar.
The ceremony has different phases of work, which are:
COCA Q’AWAY or Coca reading, this is important so that the shaman can see some shortcomings of the couple, and with the marriage offering the Andean priest being able to help with the prayers.
T’IKARIY Flowering, it is the important part to be able to initiate the ceremony, with this act the couple receives the blessing of the flowers and thus to be able to work their energy, overcoming and bloom like a flower.
DESPACHO Marriage offering, this is the elaboration of the marriage offering begins, where the shaman will take a prudential time to carry out this act, which will be explained step by step to the couple to understands better about the offering and in that way Put all your energies and requests into the offering.
SIWI CHURAKUY. Putting rings, is a way to exchange the energy of sacred metals such as gold and silver that also represent the Moon and the Sun sacred deities in the Andean religion, these metals will help the positive vibe of the couple.
CH’ALLAY or make a toast, this will be a sacred act between the Andean priest, the couple of spouses, Pacha Mama mother earth and the Apus sacred mountains, where we proceed to the toast with the holy drink AQHA or chicha, All of them will drink in the same moment to strengthen their respect for each other.
SUCHI T’IQRAY exchange of gifts, the couple exchanged presents between them each with a meaning of life and work for the family.
Finally we would be finishing the ceremony with a photo session and a certificate that is given to the couple and return to Cusco arriving at 1:00 p.m.
- Andean Priest
- Transportation, only for the couple
- Offering to the PACHA MAMA, including the basic liquids for the ceremony
- Translator Quechua to English
- Basic music for the ceremony.
- Typical clothes, if the interested parties prefer it.
- Gifts for the couple
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Clothes for the witnesses or other relatives
- Transportation for the couple´s guests
- Rain clothes
- Adequate trekking shoes
- Camera or video cam
- Some product for the offering (ask for the kind of product at the agency).
before the ceremony the agency will tell you to bring one kind of product that you need to bring for the ceremony like yours personal offering.