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The Ukuku a mythological character from the Andes, he also participates in many Andean festivities and folkloric manifestations in the Peruvian mountains. But his main function within the Andean cosmic vision is to ascend to the high snow-capped peaks to bring back the ice that many Peruvian people villages consider to be sacred. This task reaches its climax and main protagonism in the festivity called “Qoyllur Riti” (snow star), celebrated annually in the Sinakara ravine, in Mahuallane, Cuzco. In this tremendous festivity, tens of thousands of pilgrims gather to see veritable armies of Ukukus climb up to the nearby peaks in order to retrieve the sacred ice.

An Ukuku climbs to the high peaks and does not find ice. Desperate to fulfill his sacred mission - and guided by wise Mama Coca - the Ukuku walks across Peru’s vast and varied territory, searching for ice. His journey takes him ever-closer to the modern Peruvian coast, where he will finally find ice and an unexpected destiny.



Copyright © 2009 Gaston Vizcarra

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The Night of the Shorts
1 Sep – 8 Sep | Lima, Peru

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