Pachamanca is more than just a cooking method; it is a spiritual
offerring. Pachamanca comes from the Incan traditions of the Andean
region of Peru. The word comes from the Quencha language, meaning
earth (pacha) and pot (manca).
Pachamanca meals are roasted in the earth. A hole is dug and the meat
and vegetables are placed into this hole dug into the earth. Hot
stones are then placed on top of the food. The hole is covered up and
sealed completeley for about 1 1/2 hours and a roasted meal comes out.
Although this way of cooking comes from the Andean region, it has
spread throughout the country, especially for large community festivals
and large family celebrations.
Pachamanca is an offerring to Mother Earth. The food has come from
Mother Earth and by cooking the food in the earth, we are offerring it
back to her in thanks. Prayers in tribute to Mother Earth are often
included, prior to beginning the ritualistic Pachamanca cooking. This
way of cooking dates back to pre-historic times when the Incas still
ate a vegetarian diet.
Witness this amazing sight and taste the delicious Pachamanca food on Global Tastes & Travels' Andean Discovery Culinary Tour, May 26-June 4, 2011. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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