Danielle Villasana | Photojournalist

Qoyllur Riti: santuario del cielo

Over the course of generations, thousands of devotees travel by foot every year through the Sinakara Valley in the Cusco Region of Peru to pray and give thanks to el Señor de Qoyllur Riti. Also known as the Star Snow festival, hundreds of processions and dances flood the valley with celebrations continuing throughout the night. Though the ukukus, or guardians of el Señor de Qoyllur Riti, no longer gather blocks of ice to bring down to the valley as their ancestors once did, they still honor the age-old tradition of hiking up the snow-capped mountain and glaciers to pray and bring back wooden crosses down to the valley. Celebrated for hundreds if not thousands of years, Qoyllur Riti is a testament to Peruvians’ deeply-rooted faith and extraordinary devotion to God.

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This entry was published on June 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm. It’s filed under Photojournalism and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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