I present to you the TUPE people, an almost extinct ethnic group from de Peruvian Andes. There are less than one thousand left right now, so meet them
now before they vanish forever. So much to say about them, just let me share with you some of their incredible characteristics.
The tupe women are expert wrestlers, while performing an andean dance they lift up the men to throw them to the ground, making it clear that they are
the ones in charge and that men become mere collaborators their household chores.
Their main festivities called "Herranza" are in August, it includes mating rituals and cattle marking. They dance the "wakataki" for the cattle
fertility, and prepare the "quemadito", a liquor made with herbs collected over 5000 meters high.
The festivity is used by women "matchmakers", who choose partners among young stronger people. The male will be rejected if he tries to asks the
bride's hand, so the pre-marriage ritual involves the lady faked abduction.
The procreation of children is also decided by the women, taking into account the provision of food rather than family planning.
Tupe women have a habit of working immediately after birth, while the male stays in bed complaining of imaginary pains.
They practice artificial craneal deformation of the newborns, and adults can carry up to 100 kilos of dairy products and potatoes on their head, in
their weekly walk to the Catahuasi market, that's a journey of more than 12 miles in six hours.
It's remarkable red color outfit with an "scottish style", adopted in 1960. The skirt is fastened by a belt attached to the waist thick. Tight to the
hip they carry a sort of slingshots.
In the celebrations of great solemnity, they wear a black dress called "anako" and carry on the chest large silver disks called "topos" and two
earrings that shine at first sight. These artifacts produce a vibration that puts mind in a special state.
Thanks for those comments. These people were there before the spaniards, before the Incas. They represent an amazing opportunity to reconnect us with
the knowledge of pre-columbian cultures almost lost in time.
Their language seems to be related to the Aymara, but older. Taking in consideration their gegraphic position, it is not less than intriguing how
distant from their roots they are now. I've read somewhere a theory saying they were "relocated" by the Incas to avoid their cultural influence to
For Andean people, nothing is meanless. I wish someone rescue and decode this amazing culture. For example, I wonder about the properties of the herbs
they collect and use to make their liqueur.
I just found a great video with english subtitles :
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