The Festival of The Virgin de Carmen is an event that occurs every year in the villages of Pisac, and Paucartambo, located in the Cusco region of the Andes. In order to get to the bottom of what this festival is all about, I interviewed dancers from various groups about why they dance, and what the history is of their groups.
The roots of this event run much deeper than Catholocism
Some of the types of dances you’ll encounter at the event
Where would dancers be without the musicians?
“The majeños were businessmen who sold liquor, but they come from a town that is called ‘Majes’ in Arequipa. They came to Cusco with their liquor, with their pisco (a type of alcohol) to do business; businessmen who came on horseback. So we have their dress with a leather jacket, sombrero, chaps and pants that are typical. With thick belts, shawls, and boots. And the mask [with a large nose like Pinocchio], that satirizes the majeños, no?”
We like to dance. We have a devotion to the Virgin, therefore we dance. Most of us have already been doing this for 6 years, 7 years.
As I mentioned, there are at least a dozen different dance groups. Here photos and descriptions of just a few of the others who participated in the festival.
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