زوار فستیوال ستاره برفی

In this May 24, 2016 photo, a young boy descends the Qullqip'unqu mountain looking out at the tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered to celebrate the three-day festival Qoyllur Rit’i, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Andean Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. The celebration that mixes Catholic and indigenous beliefs honors Jesus as well as the area’s glacier, which is considered sacred among some indigenous people. While the native celebration is far older, the Christian part of the ritual stretches back to the 1700s, when Jesus is said to have appeared to a young shepherd in the form of another boy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

صدها سال است که فستیوال دیده شدن یک ستاره مخصوص در آسمان توسط دهها هزار مومن از سراسر کشور پرو در یک منطقه کوهستانی برگزار می شود. جشنِ ظهور ستاره برفی مصادف با شروع فصل برداشت برای کشاورزان است. این فستیوال قدیمی به مرور با همه اعتقادات بومی و مسیحیت کاتولیک در هم آمیخته شده است.

In this May 23, 2016 photo, pilgrims wait for the start of a procession to the Sanctuary of the Lord of the Qoyllur Rit’i, as part of the the syncretic festival of the same name, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. Tens of thousands of pilgrims crowd into the Andean valley, with dancers in multi-layered skirts and musicians with drums and flutes performing non-stop for the three-day festival. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
مردان مثل یک شخصیت افسانه ای که نیمی از بدنش خرس بوده است لباس می پوشند. برای 3 روز هم جشن و رقص و پایکوبی دارند. در طی این روزها، مردان توسط مقام های مذهبی 3 ضربه شلاق دریافت می کنند تا یادشان باشد که 3 سال مداوم زوار فستیوال ستاره برفی باشند.

In this May 24, 2016 photo, an "ukuku" pledge places his hands on the ice of the Qullqip'unqu mountain glacier, kneeling before a cross as he is whipped three times by an ukukus leader, in an induction ceremony, as part of the syncretic festival Qoyllur Ritíi, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. New recruits promise to make the pilgrimage three years in a row. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 24, 2016 photo, men dressed as mythical half-man, half-bear creatures, known as an "Ukukus", descend the Qullqip'unqu mountain accompanied by a receiving party of women and children, on the last day of the three-day festival Qoyllur Rit’i, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. The celebration that mixes Catholic and indigenous beliefs honors Jesus as well as the area’s glacier, which is considered sacred. Many of the pilgrims are very worried about the state of this sacred place as they see the mountain glacier slowing disappearing because of warming trends. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 23, 2016 photo, a Quechua woman waits for a religious procession to file past so she can cross the road, during the second day of the syncretic festival Qoyllur Rit’i, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. The festival coincides with the reappearance of the star cluster Pleiades in the Southern Hemisphere, signaling the harvest season. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 23, 2016 photo, backdropped by the Qullqip'unqu mountain, dancers perform during the second day of the syncretic festival Qoyllur Rit’i, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. Dance is central to the three-day celebration. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 23, 2016 photo, pilgrims wait for the start of a procession to the Sanctuary of the Lord of the Qoyllur Rit’i, as part of the syncretic festival of the same name, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. Religious processions, dance and music are central to the three-day celebration. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 24, 2016 photo, men dressed as mythical half-man, half-bear creatures called "Ukukus", watch as their leader whips a pledge during an induction ceremony on the Qullqip'unqu mountain glacier as part of the syncretic festival Qoyllur Rit’i, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. Ukukus are comprised only of men. Ukuku is derived from the Quechua word to describe bear. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 24, 2016 photo, men dressed as mythical half-man, half-bear creatures called "Ukukus", descend the Qullqip'unqu mountain glacier carrying a cross on the last day of the syncretic festival Qoyllur Rit’i, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region. The ukukus also used to cut away blocks of ice from the glacier to bring down to share with the community in the belief that the melted held magical healing powers, but no longer noting a decline in the size of the glaciers because of warming trends. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

In this May 23, 2016 photo, pilgrims rest at the base of the Qullqip'unqu mountain, in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru's Cusco region, during the Qoyllur Rit’i festival, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star. The gathering is held every year shortly before the Christian feast of Corpus Christi and draws as many as 100,000 people to the Quispicanchis province. It also coincides with the reappearance of the star cluster Pleiades in the Southern Hemisphere, signaling the harvest season. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

 

Peru’s Snow Star Festival
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(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)