Aymara New Year 2011 to be Celebrated at 80 'Sacred Sites'

Samaipata, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Samaipata, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The Ministry of Cultures informed that 80 'sacred sites' in the Andes, valleys and lowlands of Bolivia are being readied for people to receive the first rays of sun on the 21st of June, at the celebration of the 'Wilka Kuti', the arrival of Year 5519 (according to the Aymara calendar).

Among the most important is Samaipata, in the State of Santa Cruz, which will be the main scenario for the 2011 Wilka Kuti celebration. This archeological site was used by our ancestors for spiritual encounters and was declared Cultural Heritage of Humankind by UNESCO in 1998.

In La Paz, the first rays of sun will be met at the Tiwanacu ceremonial center, 72 kilometers from the city of La Paz, where thousands of tourists and Bolivians from other states will arrive due to their beliefs and traditions.

"Once again Bolivia will be a part of the Latin American celebration of this ancestral rite which is also celebrated by peoples in other countries of our continent, especially Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, and others," stated the Ministry of Cultures press release.

The Aymara New Year will be celebrated at the following locations.

Kuruyuki, Illampu, Cobija, Isla Incahuasi, Roca Sagrada de los Chimanes, Tarabuco, KonkoWankani, Sabaya, Illimani (Ánimas), Oukara la Ciudad de Piedras, QaqaqiHuayna Potosí, Inkallajta, Sajama, Pachjiri, Uchumachi, Ch'alla Pampa Isla del Sol, Samaypata, Pasto Grande, La Cumbre, Pampa Aullagas, La Víbora, Corque, Cerro Qurikancha, Challapata, Chipaya, Killakas, Uncía, Uyuni, Betanzos, Villazón, San Lucas, Pocoata, Cotagaita, Guanay, Caranavi, Chulumani, Quiabaya, Puerto Acosta, Huatajata, Suriki, Desaguadero, Sullkawi- Ayo Ayo, Riberalta, Guayaramerín, Rurrenabaque, San Ramón, Las Mercedes, Yotala, Presto, Azurduy, Padilla, San Pedro, Zudáñez, Cuesta de Sama, San Lorenzo, Villa Montes, Entre Ríos, Yacuiba, Carapari, Sacaba, Tiraque, Villa Tunari, Shinahota, Puerto Villarroel, Quillacollo, Comunidad Monte Sanai, Tiquipaya, San Javier, Concepción, Santa Rosa de La Roca, San Ignacio de Velasco, San Julian, San José Chiquitos, Porongo, Thunupa, Charazani-Curva, Callapa-Pampahasi, and Horca del Inca.

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Source: El Deber Date 15 June 2011 Read this Article in Spanish

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Jun 22, 2011
Aymara points of celebration in Bolivia
by: maryan

You say WHY Aymara New Year is celebrated in Samaipata? or in Mojos? or...etc, etc well, because aymarans where everywhere in Bolivia and did trade outside Bolivia reaching other lands and countries. Didn't you know that Samaipata has almost culturally talking nothing about been Santa Cruz?? Al their cultura is aymara or quechua and the same with mojos and Vallegrande is pure Cochabamba with very hard working beautiful people and it just belongs to santa cruz by accident. Is not Santa cruz descendent from Sapaniards and people from Yugoslavia like mariconvich?? I though santa cruz believes they are super white even though their skin is dark and have pushed eyes and do not speak spanish but a dialect that only they understand like " dentre" instead of "entre o pase" or "reculate" instead of"muevanse o vayan pasando" and they are very proud of this super bad spanish even after going to college. Shame isn't it? Did you know that the real natives of santa cruz are proud of been natives( guaranies) and the cultures are mixed and alymaras were so smart that they are everywhere in Bolivia because their culture was great!

Jun 21, 2011
we must know the other side of the history
by: Anonymous

Free trade was before you guys, the indigenous people in south america they were well connected with all the regions and many native names also derive from the Aymara in the easter region.
There a lot to learn before to assume.

Jun 15, 2011
i agree with the comment above
by: Anonymous

Why the heck is Aymara New Year being celebrated in places like San Ignacio de Velasco or San José de Chiquitos? Those natives are the Chiquitanos. They have no Aymara ancestry at all.

Jun 15, 2011
samaipata nada que ver
by: Anonymous

Samaipata has nothing to do with Aymara New Year. OUR ancestors are not the Aymara and OUR ancestors never celebrated the Aymara New Year. Neither did the natives of many of the other so-called sacred sites listed above because they are not Aymara sites. Someone should give El Deber's reporters a history lesson.

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