Don Benito Qori-Huaman

  • The message of Don Benito Qori Huaman.

  • In Quechua cosmology, death is a river that must be crossed.

  • Don Benito would hear waves in his dreams, like an endless call.

  • Those who remember Don Benito say that he did not die, that his spirit lives in the lake.

  • He gave up his body to become one with the water.

  • Others say that if you look at the water attentively, you can see the face of Don Benito at the bottom of the lake.

  • He returned to the light where he came from.

  • The Quechuas tell that the dog is the one who helps to cross to the other side.

  • Since then, the lake has a special glow.

  • The story of Qori Huaman became a myth that helps to preserve and transmit the Quechua cosmology.

  • The elders and now the young Quechuas respect the lakes and mountains because they know that there are spirits that inhabit nature.

  • Don Benito disappeared without a trace but the Quechuas know that he and the lake are one.

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