Crossing the Q’eswachaka Bridge
A Great and Meaningful Adventure!
After the group left Cuzco mid August, my partner came to Peru for a week to explore with me new horizons for an alternative itinerary I am putting together for next year on a journey to Lake Titicaca.
We visited several wonderful places and breathtaking landscapes, and there is one in particular I want to share with you in this message of the Adventurer, the Red Skywalker!
Q’eswachaka Bridge is located in a beautiful canyon over the Apurimac River in the Province of Canas, over three hours Southeast from Cuzco. It was part of the Inca road system known as Qhapaq Ñan.
This rope suspension bridge is renewed every year in the month of June in a very special ceremonial environment carried out by the Quechua indigenous communities of Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Choccayhua and Ccollana Quehue, with the supervision of a Chakaruwak or Andean engineer.
“Q’eswa” in Quechua means “to braid” and “Chaka” means “bridge”. The almost 30 meters long hanging bridge is built using qoya ichu, a local dried natural fiber. The ropes are made on the first day by twisting the straws and “braiding” them, followed by creating the structure on the next day. The third day is dedicated to weaving everything together and, on the fourth day, there is a great festivity with music, typical food and dancing to celebrate the birth of the new bridge.
On the second day, before putting the new bridge in place, they let go of the old one by releasing it to the river so it can continue its course.
Man and women work simultaneously until the moment of launching the new bridge, which is carried out only by men. It is their belief that Pachamama, Mother Earth, is giving birth to a new life for which men assist her in that particular moment while women can enjoy it in the distance.
A day prior to starting with this great project, an Andean shaman invokes the surrounding Apus, spirits of the mountains, performing a Despacho ceremony to bless the journey. Other ceremonies and rituals of passage accompany the entire process of construction from beginning to end.
Each step along the way is filled with symbolism and unfolds in a sacred setting!
You can read more about it’s meaning and the importance for the communities on the UNESCO page where there are some photos of its construction as well.
The Wavespell of the Red Skywalker initiates the second castle of this Tzolkin cycle, the White Castle of Refinement. We have 52 days (from September 8, 2014 to October 29, 2014) to prioritize, refine and organize what we started during the Red Castle of Initiation. You can click on the right image to see the Harmonic Module with the Gregorian dates.
I am still in Peru and will return to Houston on October 4, 2014. I apologize for my delay in responding to emails as I am with limited access to the internet while exploring new horizons. I will get back with you as soon as possible and look forward to continue sharing my upcoming adventures in the next Wavespell messages.
To a meaningful Life Adventure for all!
In Lak’esh & Munay,
Yellow Electric Star
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In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…
Munay means both ‘Love’ and ‘Beauty’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Munay, translated as ‘To love’, is one of the three principles of the Andean way.
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