© Copyright 2020 Armando Vega

QOYLLUR RIT'I

The Sacred Glaciar

 

Every year at 5,000 meters above sea level, around 100,000 pilgrims and dancers come to the Peruvian Andes to make offerings and tribute in one of the most important and symbolic events of the Quechua culture. The pilgrimage in honor of Señor Qoyllur Rit'i, translated from Quechua as "snow star", combines the Catholicism imposed by the Spanish conquerors and the Inca cultural legacy. For more than 200 years this pilgrimage had no rest, until today (2020) due to Covid-19, it was suspended for the first time since 1780.

 

The sacred glaciers in your cosmovision are melting alarmingly. Witnessing this led me to develop the project "The snow star fades" where I show the feelings of the pilgrims in the face of the onslaught of climate change.

 

Peru, 2017.

© 2021 Armando Vega