Those who make the pilgrimage to Qoyurrriti for the first time might be surprised when they wander across a field that is filled with hundreds of adults building pretend houses out of stones. This is the art of dream building.
If you really want something to happen, you should first decide what it is, make it clear to yourself, think about it, say it out loud. These are all important steps. But the real magic is about acting. This is why hundreds of pilgrims coming to the sacred mountain during Qoyllur Riti gathering in Peru enact their dreams on a small scale in hopes that this will bring them alive.
Participants are very serious about this ritual, and they create their dreams on a miniature scale, constructing them carefully down to every single detail.
Their future riches are represented by wads of fake dollars, for which small replica building tools will be bought, and used to build fake houses of rocks, on tiny pieces of land bought on the mountain slope in a transaction registered with fake notary, to enjoy small scale luxury, complete with small scale car replicas parked outside.
Finally, chances of realization of these dreams participants strengthen in the night by creating wax symbols of their dreams on the rocks behind the church.
This is a very special place that’s loaded with history since the church was built in the place of ancient Inca huaca, an ancient sacred site. Let their dreams come true!
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Editor’s note: This article previously appeared on the Blog of Tata Mundo
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