Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Quya Sullu Wiphala

The wiphala is an emblem representing the native peoples of the Andes. Its several modern varieties represent the four former regions of the Inca Empire, and today it is displayed as a symbol of Inca heritage and indigenous solidarity in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. During the days of the Inca Empire, it was allegedly used […]

The Queen of the Americas

For more than four hundred years, the Virgin of Guadalupe has been celebrated and revered as the Patroness of Mexican and Indian peoples. For many, she represents the mother of all Christian beings. She stands on home altars, lends her name to men and women alike, and finds herself at rest under their skin in […]

Tulum Ruins Ballcourt

Juego de pelota (Spanish), pitz (Mayan), or ullamaliztli (Aztec) was the ballgame Mesoamericans played. The goal of the game was to keep a rubber ball in play by mainly using a person’s hips. However, the ball courts themselves tell interesting stories. The Mesoamerican ballgame was nearly all played by adolescent and adult men of all […]

Cuy The Guinea Pig

Healing, Food, and Ritual in the Andes This is a statue of a cuy (guinea pig) from the Mochica-Chimu pre-Inca culture on the pacific coast of Peru. In the United States, the guinea pig is known for being a pet. However, in other parts of the world, such as in the Andes, guinea pigs are […]

El Señor del Cacao (The Lord of Cacao) or the Christ of Cacao

The cacao bean has played an important role in Mesoamerican history. It was used not only for food but also for medicinal purposes and as offerings to the gods. It was a central part of their social, economic, and belief systems. It was so revered that it used to be used only in religious ceremonies. […]

Honduras Cacao Maize God Statue

This statue is of what is thought to be the Maize God with cacao pods growing off of its body. Maize and Cacao were very important to the Mayans and Aztecs, for both crops had religious importance and rituals associated with them. Despite its lack of nutrition, maize could feed livestock and families. The Maize […]

Bomba- Puerto Rican Barril

(edited by maitr22m) The barrel drum, barril or bomba is a distinctly Puerto Rican instrument. It is the lead instrument of, and shares its name with bomba, a Puerto Rican genre of dance, drumming, and singing that has West African roots. Bomba drums are cylindrical in shape and look like straight barrels, with a drumhead […]