Shamanic Mestana Tie: Purple/Orange 39"

Designer: Q'ero Tribe-Indigenous Peruvian

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Shamanic Mestana Tie: Purple/Orange 39"

A MESTANA TIE (or Watana) is used by Q'ero shamans to secure a mesa (medicine bundle) for ceremonial offerings. It is also a typical clothing accessory in several Peruvian communities.
It is a handwoven wool cord or tie colored with natural dyes, edged with many tiny beads called pini and ending in a threaded tassel at both ends.
The two ends represent PACHAMA (Mother-Earth) and INTI (the Sun) tying them is tying together the inner and outter worlds. A symbol, offering/gift, connecting the paths between the worlds.
Used primarily for medicinal purposes but can also be used for many things. You can tie one on your hat as a stylish hatband, weave it into your hair or our favorite way: wrap around the neck or wrist as a beautiful, spiritual adornment.

Q'ero Nation of Peru

The Q'ero Nation is located a one day ride on horseback from the road to Paucartambo in Cusco and is the oldest in the Inca Tradition. They live 4,300 meters high in the Peruvian Andes. They grow and eat potatoes, such as olluco and oca. Children between the ages of 7-14 attend school. Medical assistance is scarce. They work and live as a community of 800 or so people. They marry among themselves and have kept their customs alive since Incan times.

The main activity of the Q'ero, besides agriculture, is weaving. They use natural dyes for their wool. Their techniques and designs are considered to be the closest to those of their ancestors. Their weavings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

The Q'ero believe they are the last descendants of the Inca. According to tradition, their ancestors defended themselves from invading Spanish conquistadores with the aid of the local mountain deities (los Apus) which devastated the Spanish Army near Wiraquchapampa.

The religion of the Q'ero is syncretic, consisting of a mixture of European Christianity with elements of the traditional religion of the Andes. Shamans of different levels (e.g., Altumisayuq, Pampamisayuq) still have a high reputation. They worship Mother Nature (Pachamama) as well as other mountain spirits like Apu Ausangate (Apu Ausangate) and other regional deities.

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