Next there is a brief description of the Andean teachers who exercise their spiritual work in our Ayllu. Depending on their area of expertise, each one of them has a distinct personality, teaching approach, spiritual development and life experience. The brothers and sisters who participate and teach in this Ayllu are previously prepared under certain spiritual guidelines so that they can carry out their spiritual work within AKQ.
Doña Agustina Apaza Quispe is a sister full of love and patience in her spiritual path. She is from noble descendance but very humble in everything she does or says. She was born in the town of Nación de Q’eros in the Qiko region. Since childhood she has been committed to the traditions and customs of her people and was brought up by her parents in a privileged Andean culture. Her parents have always belonged to the line of Paqos teachers, in particular her father who was an excellent teacher of teachers. Sister Agustina had the honor of learning the arts and techniques of the Paqos from her father while growing up. She witnessed up close her father’s spiritual activities and often assisted him while he performed his ceremonies. Sister Agustina, by virtue of being a female teacher, has had a tough mission in her spiritual life and has had to make different decisions from those of her male counterparts. She has adapted and molded her spiritual life in the prototype of the Andean woman. Taking on the path of teachers is notably difficult for women. Fortunately, sister Agustina counted with the support of her family and spiritual brothers along her path. Even today she is a responsible family woman and mother, and a committed spiritual teacher. Despite her many roles, she continues to maintain her Andean traditions and stands firm next to her Paqo brothers who appreciate her very much. She is an asset in our Ayllu. Sister Agustina is happy, smiley, humble, respectful, sincere and always willing to help her brothers and sisters at the Ayllu. Those who have had the opportunity to meet her know that she is a welcoming and gentle person and makes everyone around her feel at ease.
She spends most of her time in her Q’eros hometown where communication to and from other towns is almost impossible. She must travel long distances on foot and by bus to get to places such as Cusco. Nonetheless, when she is needed she is always there to provide her assistance and support. She wears typical attire from her region, she speaks Quechua and works as a Pampa Misayoq teacher.
Brother CLÍMACO was born, raised and still resides in Pomacanchi, to the south of Cusco. Since he was very young he has been interested in the practices of the Paqos, particularly in those of the teachers of the Hampi Kamayoq lineage, i.e. the teachers of the natural Andean medicine. Brother Climaco learned how to become a teacher from one of his grandfathers who was a teacher. Later on he was led and supported by the apu Picchu Pukara, who gave him the Khuya Misa that he carries with him up to this day. Brother Climaco possesses ancestral knowledge about bones and he heals bone conditions with natural medicine.
Brother Clímaco joined ayllu AKQ to continue promoting and teaching the Andean practices alongside his Paqo brothers who in turn support his growth as a teacher. He has abilities he wants to share with the ayllu brothers and with all those who would like to acquire this knowledge. He continues to uphold the Andean customs and traditions passed down to us from our forbearers, which infuses him with vitality, keeps him grounded in his spirituality and connected to his ancestors.
Brother Clímaco lives in and is an active member of his peasant community of Pomacanchi. Often times he is requested to perform Andean ceremonies before his fellow community members and other important guests.
He shares his life with his beautiful wife, who is also of Andean descent. He has several children some of which still live with him. One of them is studying with the teachers at the ayllu to become a Paqo. Brother Climaco is happy to share his knowledge with all those who love and value spiritual practices.
DON VICTOR CHURA
Like most of the brothers at the ayllu, Brother Victor has many stories to tell. He has had a rich experience on his path to becoming a Paqo. He was born in the remote mountains of Q’eros to the southeast of Cusco. It was there that he was raised by his parents and grandparents in a community where most of its inhabitants still practice their Inca ancestors’ traditions and customs. Since his youth he was in close contact with the healing methods and ceremonial practices of the Paqos thanks to his grandfather. As a child he was a shepherd in the high mountains of his hometown. He would walk the hills in search of his animals, of plants and exploring nature. He loved to live in the mountains with his animals. He always trusted the Apus and Pachamamas, who always guided him in his spiritual path. Due to hardships while growing up, brother Victor did not spend much time with his parents but lived with his grandfather. He was a great Paqo among Paqos. Victor witnessed his grandfather’s ceremonies and with the passing of time he gained deeper understanding of his destiny to become a great Paqo Pampa Misayoq. For long years then he explored and trained with various teachers from different places. One of these teachers at the ayllu is Brother Adolfo, who supported him in his connections and dealings of his Khuya Misa while they worked together in the mountains. In addition, he has also been supported in his misa by Doña María.
Brother Victor is kind and welcoming. He is highly interested in advancing his spiritual knowledge. He joined AKQ to continue his work to honor the memory of his Q’eros teachers and to continue to promote their tradition. He is small in height, but his heart is big. He has a happy predisposition and is funny at times. He has traveled with his brothers at the ayllu many times in the last 8 years. He lives in Cusco, but often visits his family and his community of Q’eros to continue to nurture his relationship with them. He has 4 beautiful sons with his wife who also supports him in his spiritual journey.
Those who have met Brother Victor know that is he is always joyous, hard-working, humble, respectful and responsible. He is a level Pampa Misayoq Paqo, position he occupies with pride and honesty. He is an example to be followed.
DON ADOLFO TTITO C.
Brother Adolfo was born and raised in a remote small town called Poacanchi, to the south of Cusco. His parents were farmers and shepherds, but they were dedicated Andean Paqos or Andean teachers. Brother Adolfo holds a privileged position as PAQO HATUN MISAYOQ, also known as High Mlsayoq. This is the highest level among the Paqos teachers who carry the sacred Khuya Misa. He has the honor to communicate with the mountain spirits called Apu-Kuna and Pachamamas to mediate for the human race and its needs.
Since he was very young, Brother Adolfo learned to be a Paqo teacher along with his parents. Along his path he met various Andean teachers with whom he has shared his wisdom and practices and from whom he has learned as well. Brother Adolfo has had a difficult life since an early age. While studying the Paqo ways he was tested by the mountain spirits. He was also very poor while growing up, but all that made him strong as part of the process of becoming a great Paqo. He accomplished many achievements with his Apus and has been adopted as a favorite son by his spiritual parents (Apus-Pachamamas) who conferred upon him the title of K’anchaq Khuya Misa (mass of light) by mean of Illapa (the Bolt.) Therefore, he is supervised by the mountain angels at all times. His job is to maintain in its original form and up to date the knowledge and practice of Paqo Ñan (the path of the Paqos) that he inherited from his ancestors, the Ch’auchu Pacha Machulas.
Paqo Adolfo is currently 39 years old. He continues to receive new students each year with whom he shares his knowledge and practices. He practices his sacred rituals and healings with energy and natural medicine. He has a rich family life and he is especially grateful at the fact that both his grandmother and mother are still with him and able to maintain their past alive. Apus and Pachamamas continue to open doors to new dimensions of understanding and practice for Brother Adolfo so that he can keep growing as a High Mlsayoq.
DON CLEMENTE PUMA
Brother Don Clemente has had an outstanding training in the path of the Andean teachers to fulfill his duties as a Paqo. He was born and raised in the remote town of Saywa, where he lived among nature and the mountains and men of the Andes. He’s a descendent of the Saywa Runa of ¡Qanchis! lineage, a tribe that originated in pre-Incas times but coexisted with them as well. Saywa is located to the South of Cusco on the right banks of the Apurimaq (the speaking apu) River. It is a long way to reach this place.
Wayqe (brother) Clemente was destined to become a Paqo since birth. His grandparents and ancestors had pronounced it so. Nonetheless, he has lived through many hardships for many years alongside his wife and family. He was very sick with an unknown disease that almost took him to his grave. He resorted to several teachers in search of help who unfortunately were not able to help him. However, in the process he met a High Mlsayoq teacher who truly wanted to cure him. It was when Brother Clemente understood his spiritual path that he became healthy. He accepted his Paqo path and guided by his disease he became a Paqo Saywaq. During this whole process the Apus and Pachamamas were always watching him and waiting for his acceptance and decision to become a great Paqo.
While he was recovering and preparing to take on his spiritual path, his wife became very sick herself and desperation set in his life once again. He then resorted to his High Misayoq teacher who helped heal his wife. Once he overcame these challenges his path along the Apus opened more easily. Even though life was hard on Brother Clemente, they were lessons that strengthened him and helped him become a solid as a rock Saywa Paqo.
Brother Clemente is currently a level Pampa Misayoq Paqo. He performs his duties officiating ceremonies and healings among other Paqo activities. He is always actively collaborating in the AKQ community. He remains quiet most of the time and we can learn a lesson in humility and tranquility from him.
Brother Claudio was born on August 12, 1982. He lived in Pomancanchi with his parents where he was in close familiarity with the mountains, nature and the path of the Andean teachers. He worked in farms as a Qollana and as a shepherd. During this time, he visited many of the mysterious and sacred sites of his ancestors where he felt a profound connection to. He felt his transformation to occur and a strong connection to his Andean ancestors at Paqarina de Qarañawi, an enigmatic and hard to reach site that holds ceremonial altars, wakas, and mini lagoons. He always remembered his grandparents while visiting these places and realized he was being guided by them to carry out his spiritual works. He went through major changes in his spiritual life and since then he took very seriously the legacy of knowledge and practices his ancestors had left him. He practices that legacy in the form of natural medicine, for example, and continues studying and learning in the path of the teachers. He is very calm, attentive and dependable. He shares his life with his ayllu brothers as well as with his wife and beautiful daughter.
Brother Claudio loves to joke around and his joy makes other forget their emotional problems. Most people will feel happy and at ease in his presence, that is one of his gifts which he inherited directly from his father who was also very a happy and funny man.
He is presently exploring the lineage of the Hampi Kamayoq teachers (Andean doctors.) He humbly shares his knowledge with his brothers at the ayllu for whom he is a great support. He is a tourist guide as well and applies his skills during trips to sacred sites. He has the ability to keep and transmit his ancestors’ customs with clarity and humility.
Brother Marcelino Zapata is a Paqo from Paucartambo in the Q’eros Nation. Part of his family lives in Cuzco where he often travels to for family and spiritual reasons.
Brother Marcelino is a Paqo Pampa Misayoq who is proud to carry his Khuya Misas just as his ancestors did. Something important to note about Brother Marcelino is that he has not been influenced by modern society much so he maintains a more traditional lifestyle and spiritual life. He speaks Quechua and wears Andean clothing handmade with natural materials, although on occasion he will wear modern attire. He is not used to city life’s amenities or technology and prefers to live a simple life which actually facilitates his fulfilling his duties as a Paqo. For several years Huayqe Marcelino has participated in AKQ by traveling to the mountains to carry out ceremonies. His sense of humor brings joy to the brothers at the ayllu which can be good in unstable emotional situations.
- Paqo Alto MIsayoq (woman)
- Originally from the “Nación de Q’eros” (sings to Apus and Pachamamas)
- Quechua language
- Andean typical attire
D ADRIEL Garay.
- Originally from Villka Bamba
- Paqo pampa misayoq, especialized in coca reading
- Spiritual guide who speaks three languagees
WAYQE ALBERTO F.
Paqo pampa Misayoq
From Cusco – Perú
Guide who speaks three languages
Don Mario was born in Incas Ayar, the land of the four brothers, in the Fpoqoroway community in the District of Accha, Paruro Province. Modern society has not invaded this remote town in its totality. Its traditional customs closely related to the Chimpi Willkas (pre-Incan culture) are still being practiced.
Huayqe Mario is a Paqo of the Pampa Misayoq lineage. He officiates Andean ceremonies and offerings to the Apus and Pachamamas. He has inherited his knowledge of practices and duties as a Paqo from his grandparents and other ancestors. It is worth noting that brother Mario possesses a Khuya Misa dating from pre-colonial times, possibly from the Inca’s era, that landed on his hands through family descendancy.
Brother Mario performs spiritual work related to the opening of the chakras, the wellbeing of the people, the fertility of farm animals, the wellbeing of families, the support of everyday problems, the respect toward and harmony with the Apus and Pachamamas. He is currently adapting to modern times while maintaining his practices in secrecy and harmony.
Brother Mario possesses a gift for music. He plays the Andean quena and his music is authentic from the Andean plane. With it he delights his fellow brothers and sisters at community events. He speaks Quechua and a bit of Spanish and has fathered several sons and daughters. He will always remain open hearted and ready to share his knowledge and fulfill his responsibilities at the ceremonial activities.
Don Gabriel was born in the community of Willoq located in the sacred valley of the Incas in Cusco. At a young age he learned from his grandfather the ceremonies and spiritual duties he practices up to this day. Nowadays there are not any teachers like brother Gabriel in his hometown, but he remains committed to preserving his traditions.
His clothing and the ceremonies he performs are different from what other Paqos wear and do. This is due to the variations in the traditions of the Andean regions. It is important to notice what brother Gabriel shares with everyone at the ayllu in love and respect. His positive attitude and joy are contagious. He likes animals and nature and enjoys music very much. Quechua is his mother tongue, but he speaks some Spanish. His attire is authentic from the region of Willoq.