While I was researching more information to add to my last thread called “The Secret Language of The Incas” (
), I found incredible information about the last ethnic group that used this language. They are
In that thread I reported a third language used in ancient times called "Pukina" as extinct. Well, that might be wrong. Incredibly, these misterious
people were able to kept this language in secret thru the centuries.
the Kallawaya have preserved their secret language, maintained their elite position as healers that attract a national and international clientele
and also achieved the (moral but not legal) protection of being recognized by UNESCO as part of Bolivia's (and the world's) intangible cultural
But that's not all, as I've been reading, this language was part of the heritage of thier ancestors. Just think about it.
You probably never heard about The Kallawaya Culture and it seems to be no information about them in ATS. Honestly, I didn’t know them neither and
there is a good reason for that. The Kallawaya culture is nomadic, so no ruins, pyramids or cities made by them.
The Kallawaya Culture is important in so many levels and for so many reasons, as you will see.
In theory, they appeared the first times in the area between Bolivia and Peru, and that is our first problem : They don’t belong to the Inca or
Tiwanaku cultures. Actually, they were there before those cultures, who fear and respect them. Their own language was the “Pukina”, but they had
perfect knowledge of kechua and ayamara, besides other languages, as they learnt spanish when the conquistadors came.
Today, tiwanaku and incas are gone, but the Kallawaya are still around, believe it or not.
The spaniard chronicles describe them as holders of mystical powers and a wide knowledge of natural medicine, in times where evangelization was a
priority, that was mostly considered witchcraft and treated with offensive ignorance.
"Among the ancient Andean sorcerers of various categories, in addition to its activities magicians, soothsayers, interpreters and promoters of the
gods, were also physicians. They acted as well as directors of the rulers, protectors of the court, the people and the country. Sorcerers minors were
present in all
areas of Tawantinsuyu and probably had not not having any ayllu his priest-physician. a group well characterized was the kallawayas, healers itinerant
herbalists. Their age is not specified”.
I don't want to consider more spanish historical references, since they are mostly misleading, due the lack of knowledge of Andean Cosmovision and
natural medicine of the chroniclers in those days.
The truth is that The Kallawayas survived the tiwanaku, the Incas, the Conquistadors and probably they will also survive us. I found these videos (5
chapters) about them, I highly recommend to watch them all.
edit on 10-9-2012 by Trueman because: (no reason given)