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Mushuk Nina/Fuego Nuevo (New Flame)

A celebration of renewal in the Andean World. The sacred flame is used as a metaphor signifying renewal of life in the Andean communities.

Monday, May 23, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

 Luz Maria De La Torre has been teaching her native language of Quechua/Kichwa at UCLA for the last three years. The course has focused on the development of grammar, vocabulary and, most importantly, shared an understanding of the richness of Andean culture. The ‘Mushuk Nina’ celebration will be an opportunity to learn about Andean culture.

The Mushuk Nina symbolizes the renewal of our energies. This is a time to begin something new, both in the physical and spiritual life--by renewing personal, familial, community and societal ties. It is also the time to start new projects, dreams and plans.

All celebrations in the Andean world are prefaced by an act of offering tribute. In the case of Mushuk Nina, hair is our best offer to the flame. a ritual name Akcha Rutuchiy. Anyone who has recently celebrated a birthday is invited to offer a lock of their hair to the Pachamama, or Great Mother.

A Celebration of Renewal


1:00pm- Reception & Light Refreshments

1:30pm -Greeting & Opening Remarks

1:45pm -Poetry Reading of Selected Andean Words

2:15 pm- Presentation of Mushuk Nina

3:00 pm- Closing remarks

“Ñukanchikka kinua muyushinami kanchik, sapalla kakpika wayrapash karuta pushankami; shinapash pukchapi paktalla kakpika wayrapash mana kuyuchinata ushankachu; kuyuriytaka kuyunrinkami, shinapash mana urmachinkachu”.

"Somos como los granos de quinua que  si estamos solos, el viento nos lleva lejos, pero si estamos unidos en un saco (costal), ni el viento ni nada nos puede mover; se moverá de un lado a otro, bamboleará, pero no nos hará caer”.

"We are like grains of quinoa, if we are alone, the wind takes us away, but if we are united in a bag (sack), neither  wind nor anything we can move. It could move from side to side, wobble, but it wouldn't  fall"

-Dolores Cacuango




Refreshments Offered. Parking information: the closest parking lot is Structure #4. Visitors may purchase daily parking permits (Currently $10) by stopping at the Information & Parking booths. Parking Pay Stations : Simply drive to the nearest self-service Pay Station location found in lots and structures throughout campus. Please read the posted signs and screen prompts for Pay by Space or Pay and Display directions. Pay Stations allow you to select the time you need to spend on campus and pay accordingly (all-day passes can also be purchased). For driving directions, please use the interactive UCLA Campus Map.

Cost : Free and open to the public


Download file: MushukNinaFlyer-0i-b1j.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Spanish and Portuguese, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Consulate General of Ecuador-Los Angeles, Quechua students (2010-11 & 2009-10 Academic Year)

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