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Inti Raymi - Festival of the Sun
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The Inti Raymi was established by the Inca Pachacútec in the 1430 A. C., and was celebrated every year during the winter solstice of the southern hemisphere - the day when the Sun was farthest from the Earth. It was the most important ancestral festival in Tahuantinsuyo to which people from the four suyos used to go. The celebration was last attended by the Inca in 1535.
Today, the tradition is maintained as a theatrical representation charged with mysticism and spirituality. The celebration route begins in Coricancha, the ancient religious center of the Inca capital, where with dances and songs an offering is made to the Inti (Sun god).
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