Corpus Christi

The "Corpus Christi" is celebrated just after the festivity of the Lord of Qoyllority. The festivity begins with the well-known entrances of the Saints and Virgins that come from different parishes of the city accompanied by musicians, dancers, mayordomos carrying the "demands" that are distinctive of the image of each Virgin or Saint they represent to address the Cathedral. In this "entrance" of saints and virgins comply with a traditional order of arrival, according to Andean mythology every saint and virgin has a peculiar history that adapts to the traditions of the Cusco inhabitant. Its origin goes back to the Inca period that during the conquest the Incas took their mummies in procession. But with the conquest and evangelization, the Spaniards ended with this custom replacing the mummies with saints and virgins. This is how Corpus Christi was born, a Catholic celebration with mergers that impregnated with Andean customs and nuances.

The central day of the feast of Corpus Christi is a Thursday, a place that gives a procession and assistance to many Cusqueños. Each year a new person steward is appointed to take charge of organizing and paying for the entire celebration of the saint or virgin, which includes the celebration of the mass, new clothes for the saint or virgin, musicians, feeding of all the faithful and all The guests. This day is the procession of the saints and virgin that arrived from all the parishes of Cusco. The procession around the parade ground is led by the chariot that carries custody, and each saint or virgin is accompanied by parish priests, mayordomos, dancers and different bands. Then the saints and virgins will remain for seven days inside the cathedral where according to Andean mythology relates that all the saints and virgins greet the patron of Cusco "Lord of the Earthquakes" inside the cathedral the great meeting is held where each saint informs the complaints of each situation and is guided by the “Taytacha de los Temblores”. After a week all the saints return to their places of origin, where they will remain for the rest of the year. The multitudinous celebration is complemented by gastronomic customs such as the "Chiriuchu" or "Ajífrio" the most representative dish of the Cusco region in the different festivities. In addition to the delicious desserts and fruits of that season.

Published date: 15/05/2019

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