Each Rural Library meeting begins with the traditional Andean offering to Pachamama or Mother Earth.

The offering ceremonies, commonly known to the Andean people as, “payments to land or payments to Pachamama” are rituals of the ancestors. The offerings are part of a system of reciprocity between the material world and the spiritual world. The purpose of the ritual is to give back to Mother Earth what she has given you. The coca leaf is an integral part of the offerings to the earth.

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Students from the Higher Pedagogical Institute "Víctor Andrés Belaúnde", of Jaén are carrying out their initial placement with children in First Grade of secondary school at the Immaculate Conception Educational Institution, using the Reading Circles, as a way to meet as a community in our Network of Rural Libraries of Cajamarca.

AuthorHelen Heery