Puno: Capital of Peruvian Folklore
Last weekend, Puno celebrated the last days of the Candelaria Festival. Puno, also called the Capital of Peruvian Folklore, host this big event with over 350 different dances. The dances as well as music and art of this region show the combination of Peruvian traditions and influences from abroad.
Oe of the most well-known typical dances is „La Diablada“. La Diablada is a symbolic Peruvian dance, representing the Andean-Christian syncretism and the battle between good and evil.
In general, Peruvian dances are fast. However, another dance called „la Pandilla“ is a slow dance focussing on elegance.
The siku, also called shepherd’s pipes, is a Peruvian instrument being played by the local population of Puno. Sikuri is a dance that is known for the circular movements of the dancers.
Referring to the life of the slaves during colonization, typical characteristics of the Tundique dance are black dancers, slaves, a lawyer and a foreman.
Apart from this, Tuntutna, Caporales and Wifala, Papa Tarpuy, Tita Titas, Llamayuris, Mallku Condoriri, Kajchas, Chakalladas, Tucumanos, Chusqui-Chuspi, K’aqcha, Qhapu, and Casarasiri are other dances of Puno.