Misti Kachampa Dance
Photo and caption by Ursula de Bary
Antique warrior dance which has its origins in Inca times and is performed in Ollantaytambo every 6th of January. Misti kachampa is a quechua expression which means young and athletic strong man. Each dancer has to demonstrate his strength and they do it by dancing in a particular and individual manner. There comes a moment in the dance where every dancer throws lashes at each other and the objective is to stop whipping each other when a character called the kusillo can`t resist any longer and is “agonizing”.
Location: Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru