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Hair-cutting ceremony – Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo is where most trekkers set off on their four day hike to Machu Picchu.

When we planned to go to Peru, I never in a million years would have considered I’d be involved in a special ceremony in a small Quechua village just near here.  In Quechuan culture, the baby hair cutting ceremony goes back to Incan times, its similar to perhaps a christening or naming ceremony.

Our tour leader said this wasn’t a normal activity on the tour when he took us to visit the village and took gifts of fruit.  We were asked  to partake in a simple meal (chicken and potatoes) and then led into a special room (albeit very rustic to our western eyes) where a young woman from the village proudly allowed us crazy foreigners to hack off her baby’s beautiful locks of black hair, all the while beaming in delight.

Small donations of money were made in honour of the child, if nothing else, we felt we needed to cover the cost of the small meal provided, which to communities like this, would have been at a considerable expense.


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For more on travel through Peru, click here.



About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.


10 thoughts on “Hair-cutting ceremony – Ollantaytambo, Peru

  1. COOL!

    Posted by Thumbup | June 20, 2015, 2:08 pm
  2. Wow, what a unique opportunity to take part in their cultural event. Aren’t the Peruvian people so beautifully exotic looking?

    Posted by Terri Webster Schrandt | June 20, 2015, 2:42 pm
  3. Wonderful pictures and community. Such an amazing, once in a lifetime experience!

    Posted by arblank | June 20, 2015, 5:02 pm
  4. Such beautiful photographs! And their smiles are priceless. 🙂

    Posted by Fourth Generation Farmgirl | June 21, 2015, 1:37 am
  5. Interesting experience to see. Your photos are great I love all the colours.

    Posted by carlygolightly | June 22, 2015, 9:58 am

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