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» Warachikuy


What is the Warachikuy?

The Warachikuy, in the days of the incanato has been a tremendous and multitudinal celebration, celebrated at least once to the year or when the Inca decided, to describe to new the man public, mainly soldiers. This rite of initiation or of passage of youth to the maturity, became through examinations and of severe competitive physical tests and ability between the young people of the nobility Inca; it is to say that a previous qualification existed to admit to the new citizens with rank and hierarchy.

Warachikuy: In our times, the celebration Inca of the Warachikuy, could be interpreted more than the Olympic Games more than the youthful Olympic Games, since it not only was a competitive event of high skill, ability and physical waste, but that also hierarchized or discriminated against winners and losers, defining this way the social status to which the citizens had to belong according to their physical conditioning and intellectual.

Which is the hierarchy of the Warachicuy?

It is considered like Ritual Festival of National Identity, recognized officially by Law no. 27708 and incorporated in the National Calendar of Celebrations and Events that the Peruvian State promotes.

By the historical importance and the artistic representation, the Warachicuy is an ancestral cultural expression that (within the tourist supply) would be catalogued like a cultural product of existential type, equivalent to the Celebration of the Inti Raymi.

Historical and Scientific sustenance: The Celebration Inca of the Warachicuy, deeply is investigated by historians and cronistas, that have shaped their writings in individual books and documents of investigation from century XVI.

“El Inca Garcilazo of the Fertile valley, Bernabé of the Cobos, Guamán Poma de Ayala, Cieza of Leon, Santa Cruz Pachacuti, Juan de Betanzos, Molina the Cusqueño, Branches Sparrowhawk, Luis And Valcárcel, Federico Kauffman Doig, Víctor Angles Vargas, Waldemar Espinoza, Antonio Bust, between otros”, they are only one part of many writers who have put indefatigable interest in the philosophical conception of the rituals of the celebration of the Warachikuy and in sgnificado of the cultural value within the formation and the preparation of the young people of the incanato.

Exclusive rite of the nobility, made to signal and standard to the calls orejones, begun by the children of the own Inca, so that they were known respected by all the cities of the Empire.

“No was defective soldiers nor enfermizos”

In order to arrive at the same ceremony from imposition from waras the postulantes they had pass difficult of medical fitness that it was going to hierarchize them in its future military life or to exclude them from her.

Evocación and Escenificacio'n of the Warachikuy: The staging of the Fista Inca of the Warachicuy, is promoted by the National School of Sciences of the Cusco, like a special project of Intercultural character. From the decade of the 70 it has been managed to enrich the quality of the artistic presentation, on the basis of a spectacular and dynamic script at his 3 moments.

  • Ceremonial or ritual moment.
  • Competitive moment and soldier.
  • Festive moment and of expression of dances single-breasted uniform jackets.

The artistic presentation of the Warachicuy is multitudinal and it is made in the Esplanade of Sacsayhuaman, as fixed celebration, the third Sunday of the month of September of every year.

Part of the Warachikuy


First Part:

Exit of the the Four Young people of Suyus. The imperial armies of each Suyu will move towards the Esplanade of Sacsayhuaman headed by the Qollana (Military leader), carrying their standards and their armaments, haranguing in tone battle the word HAYLLIY that means TRIUMPH. The armies will leave to ritno trote military man each one their quarterings, located in the city of the Cusco.

ANTISUYO, It leaves the aposentos of the National School of Sciences in the Seat San Francisco.
KONTISUYO, leaves the Seat of Arms of the Cusco.
CHINCHAYSUYO, leaves the aposentos of the Temple of the Qorikancha.
QOLLASUYO, leaves the Small square of of Rimaqpampa

Second Part:

Qhaswa Tusuy (Joy, joy, celebration).

Meanwhile, the Esplanade of Saqsayhuamán gets dressed in full dress in the presentation of folkloric dances of the region in charge of the students of the primary level of the National School of Sciences, winners of the Traditional Parade of Anniversary of the Establishment, celebrated the 20 of August of every year.

This artistic presentation is the introduction of the warm reception to the imperial armies and the competing young people. The public bet in the tribunes and the surroundings of Sacsayhuaman already lives the celebration on the Warachicuy and is prepared to enter itself in the spectacular events that are about to to arrive.

Third Part:

Location of the Imperial Army and Rite of Offerings.

  • Rite of the Much’ay (Reverente Greeting to the God Sun).
  • Rite of the Chicha (Maize Sagrada Drink done).
  • Rite of the Llama T’ikallisqa (Blossoming of the Llama, auquénido of great Andean veneration).
  • Rite of the Nana Kausachiq (Sacred Fire).

Fourth Part:

Execution of Competitions:

  • Dance Single-breasted uniform jacket of Amaru.
  • Marathon Chaski Watamanta.
  • (the quickest messenger of the year).
  • Speed trialses with obstacles.
  • Tests of Force.
  • Dance single-breasted uniform jacket of the Kuntur (Cóndor Bird Sagrada).
  • Tests of Resistance.
  • Tests of Balance.
  • K’achampa Dance.
  • Tests of Difficulty.
  • Tests of Risk.
  • Dance Puma Tusuy.
  • Laying trials.
  • Dance Mishawas Single-breasted uniform jacket.

Fifth Part:

Maneuvers of Battle.

Inka Pakareq: The soldiers of the HAnan Qosqo and the Hurin Qosqo, are united in ferocious hands-to-hand combat, Soon face in another combat his warakas (deep), throwing remote Projectiles, until the Inca declares La Paz.

Sixth Part:

Solemn Act of Graduation, positioning of the Waea and gives of the Champ.

The winners, to affirm their triumph and to be known and to be respected by all, will have to pass suspension bridges and soon they will descend to receive from hands of the Inca and true children of the Sun.

Finally, the Inca and his Court will be thankful to the Inti Tayta (God Sun) by the auspice of the Rite of Warachikuy, Soon retire accompanied of their generals and winning soldiers, to the compass of ulular of the pututos and huaylillas, and to the efervescente shout of HAYLLIY MOSOQ INKA QOCHOYRIKUY!

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