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CaptionUploaded by unesco on Sep 29 2009 UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2008 URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00012 Description: The Kallawaya ethnic group based in the mountainous Bautista Saavedra region north of La Paz traces its roots to the pre-Inca period. Like many aspects of Andean culture the Kallawayas practices and values have evolved through the fusion of native and Christian religions.--- -- ---Kallawaya doctors médicos Kallawaya are known as the naturopathic healers of Inca kings [6] and as keepers of science knowledge principally the pharmaceutical properties of vegetables animals and minerals. Most Kallawaya healers understand how to use 300 herbs while specialists are familiar with 600 herbs. Kallawaya women are often midwives treat gynecological disorders and pediatric patients. Kallawaya healers travel through northwestern Bolivia and parts of Argentina Chile Ecuador Panama and Peru. Often they are on foot walking ancient Inca trails through the tropics mountain valleys and highland plateaus while looking for traditional herbs. Prior to leaving their homes to heal the sick the Kallawayas perform a ceremonial dance. The dance and regalia are expressed as the yatiri "healer". The choreography is noted for the llantucha of suri clothing made of rhea feathers and used as protection against the elements while they travel to their patients carrying khapchos "male bags" that contain herbs mixes and talismans. Groups of musicians perform Kantu playing drums and pan flutes during the ritual ceremonies to establish contact with the spirit world before the healer visits patients. According to Enrique Oblitas Poblete a Bolivian ethnobotanical specialist Kallawaya may be a corruption of khalla-wayai "beginning of a drink offering" or k'alla or k'alli wayai "entrance into priesthood".
HeadlineAccording to the UNESCO Safeguarding Project the Kallawaya can be traced to the pre-Inca period. The Kallawaya performed brain surgery as early as 700 CE.
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