Tanta Raymi

T'anta Raymi (bread feast) is a feast in Peru. It is celebrated annually on October in Oropesa in the Cusco Region, Quispicanchi Province. Oropesa is located to one hour from the city of Cusco.

The celebration of the Tanta Raymi includes as well inca theatrical presentations, dances, competitions, and lots of fun; while a gigantic chuta bread, of five meters wide, is at the center of celebration.

Oropesa is known as the national capital of bread.

The theatrical presentation of the chuta bread making begins on the sacred mountain Mutu. Early in the morning, the Inca with his Royal entourage and representatives of the four sections (suyus) of the Inca Empire climbed up Apu Mutu to greet him, render homage, and ask permission to carry out this important event. With waving flags of Tawantinsuyu they came down the mountain to the esplanade to carry out the consecration of corn. They paid homage to the Pachamama, the mother earth, and to the Tata Inti, the father sun, to begin to elaborate the sanku, which was a type of bread without leavening and made with corn that was eaten in the important ceremonies of Tawantinsuyu, the Inca Empire.

Inca Ceremony to the Sun - Tanta Raymi