There is a lot of mystery that surrounds the Q’ero mystics of Peru. Some say they are direct descendants of Incan high priests. Some even purport that they live in the Andean mountains at altitudes where no normal human can survive. Such claims may be hearsay but the fact remains that due to the high spiritual life that the Q’ero have become known for, there is a lot of wiggle room for people to weave fantastical stories in.
The Abode of the Q’ero
Another factor contributing to the mystery that surrounds the Q’ero is the place that they call home. They live in an extremely remote region of the Peruvian Andes just outside the province of Paucartambo.
The elevation is indeed very high in this region but it is definitely not unfit for humans. The region is mountainous and the trails that lead between the estimated six major Q’ero villages can be dangerous to trek. Still, this is the abode of the Q’ero mystic of Peru and perhaps does more to shroud these people in secrecy than any other aspect.
What the Q’ero Mystics of Peru Believe
There is no dogma among the Q’ero like in most of the religions we practice in developed countries but the Q’ero most certainly have beliefs.
Their spiritual history, so to speak, is broken up into ages. The first age brought the moon and the first men. Within this age, the sun emerged and burned away the men of the moon. The sun begat a son called Inkarri and he founded the city of Cusco and performed other miraculous deeds.
The Spanish came but the Q’ero claimed to have triumphed over them with the help of the mountain spirit or Apus as it is known to the Q’ero. The Q’ero believe that a new age is approaching and will be marked by the return of Inkarri who will burn the wicked and cause the good to ascend to the heavens.
The Q’ero pass all of this history down through generations through oral traditions and story-telling. They believe in the Cosmic Mother which some have taken to mean the universe or nature.
The Q’ero do not have an organized religion, rather a set of traditions and loose beliefs that influence their daily lives and culture. For example, they pay great respect and homage to nature and try to do good among one another because they believe that doing good for others will eventually bring rewards to themselves.
The Wisdom of the Q’ero
Peru is a place filled with magical stories and peoples, some examples are the Nazca Lines of Peru and the Q’ero mystics of Peru who have much wisdom to share with the modern world.
Unlike Evangelical religions, the Q’ero promote harmony with all living things and thinking nothing of a person’s religion. Balance to them is an individual virtue that must be maintained in order to live a good life.
The Q’ero mystics of Peru have survived all this time in a harsh terrain by living modest lives and finding their sustenance in the earth. Their homes are small, often single-room huts and they raise llamas and alpacas and farm corn and potatoes.
There has been a great deal of interest in the Q’ero mystics of Peru and there is even a documentary about them in the works. Perhaps this interest stems from the fact that these people have survived for centuries in an unorthodox manner that boggles our modern minds and challenges the modern comforts we believe we cannot live without.
At any rate, they are a vital link to our collective history as humans and should be respected accordingly.