Sumak Kawsay

Andean Church of Well-Being

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Our Ceremonies

Within our Andean traditions, the fundamental celebrations that build us as a community are those that we celebrate every solstice and every equinox.

  • Winter Solstice or Kapak Raymi
  • Spring Equinox or Pawkar Raymi
  • Summer Solstice or Inti Raymi
  • Autumn Equinox or Killa Raymi

All these festivities and celebrations allow human beings to always recognize their relationship with the changes and movements of our Mother Earth and their influence on our lives. All these community activities are carried out within the framework of Andean reciprocity and the voluntary contribution of the members of our community.

In addition to these community celebrations, we practice and maintain altars that are part of our culture. These experiential practices make our culture a living tradition. Its forms have varied, adapting to the current world without losing its essence and assuming the archaic nature of its teachings. Here we list some of the ceremonies that should be led by trained and recognized people in our community.

  • Ceremony of the first breath
  • Medicine ceremony
  • Ceremonies of passage from child to adult
  • Sun dance
  • Night dance
  • Ritual fasts
  • Diets and body cleansing
  • Payments, offerings and power walks
  • Word and song circle
  • Mingas and community work
  • Adoption and family extension ceremonies
This list, without being exhaustive, names the ceremonies that we practice as part of the processes of cleaning, healing, and well-being in our complete being.