Here in the Andes, we have an ancestral ceremony of offering to the Earth that is our PACHAMAMA. Some call it “payment.” But, we call it OFFERING or simply, “AYNI” or reciprocity with our Mother Earth that gives us life.
The offering ceremony to the Pachamama is of ancestral origin as part of a system of reciprocity that our ancestors had with the spiritual world, whose purpose is to return to Mother Earth what she has given. This ceremony takes place on the first day of the month of August and during the month. It is recommended to do it in this season as it is a special month for people who believe in the power of our Mother Earth.
The rituals are destined to the Apus (masculine aspect of nature) and to the Pachamama (feminine aspect of nature), the breaking of this reciprocity would break the harmony and in the natural, social and religious systems. The person in charge of performing the ceremony is the “altomisayoq” or “yatiri”, who claim to have supernatural powers and communication with the spirit world. Offer the offering called “office”, after requesting permission, a table and between prayers presents their prayers asking desires with great faith in personal benefit and the people and aspects they consider important.