A Guide to the Culture and Traditions of the Andean Communities of Peru
Traditions of Peru > Religion in the Andes of Peru
Introduction to Religion in the Andes
"Andean Religion" is based on the fundamental belief that energy exists in all things (the spiritual life force) and that this energy needs to be maintained in a balanced state. This energy exists in all natural forms including trees & plants, rivers, glaciers, lakes, rocks and high mountain peaks. Quechua people believe that life depends on a balanced relationship with nature for good health, a successful harvest and fertile and abundant livestock. They believe that all life comes from Pachamama (Mother Earth) and returns to her upon death. When the energy becomes unbalanced or out of alignment, rituals are required to regain equilibrium.
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