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Culture of Peru

Peru’s culture is a set of beliefs, customs and way of life inherited from the and and . Immigrant groups such as Africans, Japanese, Chinese and Europeans have also contributed to the , blend of cultures and ways in which Peruvians live. Whatever their ethnic background Peruvians agree on the importance of family and religion. In many cases generations of a family live together where the younger look after the elderly and help each other in difficult times.
Peruvians express their culture through their music, literature, art forms, dance, …

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Peru’s complex social system and its hierarchical values were inherited from colonial times and continue as guidelines and principles that regulate social and interpersonal behavior that have become part of the culture of Peru.
Peruvian society is divided into three social classes. The upper class consists of approximately 3% of the population and is mostly found in urban centers. The middle class is formed by 60% of the population and includes salaried working class families, small business owners and commercial occupations, bureaucrats, teachers and professionals on a salary job. The lower …

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Food in Peru

Peruvian cuisine varies depending on where you are. Due to the variety and supply of fresh produce is plentiful, there are many native Peruvian crops such as ,, kiwicha, and beans.

There are more than 2,500 varieties of . The potato is the main ingredient in . Potatoes was the main  and today they are consumed by modern Andean communities in much the way it was prepared thousands of years ago.


Yellow chilli peppers is a condiment and seasoning used in many

Corn or maize in many colors
Peruvian cuisine has been …

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Facts about Peru

Interesting facts about Peru. Facts about society, economy, population, history, tourism, food and geography.

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Andean Music, the Music of the Incas

Andean communities have a powerful musical tradition inherited from the . The was based on collective effort and their success outweighed the individual’s. This is the case of music in the , musicians joined to create music through cooperation and support. The purpose of music in this society was primarily spiritual and associated to religious rituals and wars, usually accompanied by singing that was high pitched and nasal. in South America started a process of political and cultural assimilation, a cultural transformation of a pagan society into Catholicism. …

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Folklore in Puno

is considered the Folkloric Capital of Peru, there are more than 300 different local dances representing centuries old traditions inherited from the and the . Folk dances and songs are accompanied by colorful costumes and masks to celebrate Catholic holidays or Inca celebrations related to the agricultural calendar. These celebrations are based on beliefs and myths of the relationship between men and god, to honor Andean gods, Catholic saints and the Virgin Mary.
Costumes can be very elaborate and imaginative; they are generally richly embroidered with shiny sequence and …

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Inti Raymi, The Celebration of the Sun

The Tradition
In Quechua Inti means Sun and Raymi celebration. Inti Raymi is the celebration of the God Sun, the most venerated god in . According to Inca tradition, Pachatutec, the first Inca, created the Inti Raymi to celebrate the winter solstice which marked the first day of the New Year in the Inca calendar. The winter solstice begins on June 21st but according to , the sun stays in the same place until the 24th when it finally rises. Therefore, every year on June 24th the festival of the Inti …

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Tumi, the ceremonial knife

The tumi was adopted by the government of Peru as a symbol to promote tourism. Many people in Peru hang a tumi on their walls for good luck.
The Tumi is a ceremonial knife made of bronze, gold, silver or copper and usually made of one piece. Its handle has a rectangular or trapezoidal shape, its length varies but it always exceeded the width of a hand. At the bottom there is a sharp semicircular blade. Tumis were used during ceremonies to sacrifice an animal to honor the . In the …

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Inca Art Forms

Inca art was practical. The Incas were an artistic people who used materials available to them in nature and blended them creating many artistic forms in utilitarian ways. Much of their artistic expression was used in everyday life and had a .  Because they did not know science they had to attach powers to natural phenomena worshiping natural resources such as water streams or rocks, animals and almost anything related to nature and the best way to worship was to incorporate their best artistic creations in their offerings to the …

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The National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History

Location: Plaza Bolivar, Pueblo Libre, Lima.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Sunday and Holidays from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Admission: Adults S/.11.50. Student S/. 3.50. Children S/. 1
Telephone number: 51- 1 -463-5070
Fax: 51-1- 463-2009
E-mail: mnaahp@inc.gob.pe

The National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History is the largest and oldest public museum in Peru. It was founded in 1826 as the National Museum. It features an extensive archeological collection of more than 100,000 items from such as the , , , , and others and includes ceramic, textiles, tools and …