Friday, April 8, 2011
Peru - Day 3 Part II - Sonesta Posada del Inca Hotel and Offering to the Earth Ceremony
The Sonesta Posada del Inca is an old monastery that has been converted to a wonderful hotel. We will be here for two nights. As you can see, we aren't exactly roughing it in Peru. The hotel grounds are lavishly landscaped with beautiful mountain views.
The priest and his assistant prepare for the "Offering to the Earth" Ceremony with Victor looking on.
The priest prepares an offering to the Earth Goddess. The offering consists of all sorts of items, each with a special significance. The main item offered is the coca leaves with several leaves for each person at the ceremony.
As you can see, there is an interesting collection of items in the offering, including vanilla wafers.
We then proceeded outside for the rest of the ceremony. There, the priest had a fire built for the final phase of the offering.
Each person held the gift and made a silent wish. Most people didn't discuss their wishes, but it would be my guess that many wished for good weather at Machu Picchu.