A travel and tourism event in Peru, according to El Comercio and attendees at Initi Raymi, much of which takes place at the popular Sacsayhuaman ruins near Cusco, left 25 tons of garbage at the site.
Oft parodied by popular culture, this Peruvian paean to the sun god, Inti, used to involve mass sacrifice. Llamas got the chop in the gory ritual, which was also dedicated to Pachmama, Inti’s wife and the goddess of fertility and harvests.
No blood is shed in today’s re-enactment of the ceremony, and there are comfy chairs for tourists. Criticised by some for its theatricality, the event nonetheless enacts traditions dating back 500 years to the Incan empire’s heyday, when it was the most important ceremony carried out in the capital, Cuzco. It celebrated the Incan New Year and winter solstice, when the sun was furthest from this side of the earth and Inti needed to be buttered up.
Today’s action takes place at Sacsayhuamán, a hefty stone ruin that, typically, is shrouded in mystery, but was possibly a fortress. The lucky actor who is selected to portray Sapa Inca, the emperor, is borne to the hilltop edifice in a golden chariot. Fortunately for his pallbearers, it’s a replica of the original, 60kg beauty.
Visitors who came to Cusco’s Sacsayhuaman ruins in Peru to celebrate Inti Raymi this year were, apparently, a bunch of dirty litterbugs.
El Comercio reports that students, Ministry of Culture employees, local residents, and artisans came together to clean the historical site.
Though there was a large amount of refuse at the site, no damages to the actual ruins of Sacsayhuaman were recorded.
Oscar Montufar, director of the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site, told press that “Immediately after Inti Raymi, we mobilized 350 workers for the cleaning [of the site] and we had the help of local people from Huayllarcocha, Tambomachay, Fortaleza, Salkantay, Pucara, Puqro, the agricultural and forest organizations Los Huertos and Ccallachaca, artisans that work at Sacsayhuaman, and students from the Khipu Institute.”
The clean-up took from 3:30 Tuesday afternoon to 12:00 noon on Wednesday.