Peruvians reenact ancient Incan solstice ceremony

Known in Peru as "Inti Raymi", the ritual takes place inside the Incan complex of Sacsayhuaman, the Plaza de Armas and Koricancha.

The festival is a celebration of the sun and opens with the grand entrance of an Incan leader, surrounded by his subjects. He then pours the ancient Incan corn drink, known as "chicha", over the ground from a ceremonial urn as an offering to "Mother Earth."

The ceremony reaches its climax with the sacrifice of a llama to the sun god Inti. Incan priests would pull out the animal's heart and place it in a fire to predict the destiny of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire.

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