Peruvian Culture

 

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Peru’s culture is a set of beliefs, customs and way of life inherited from the native Incas and Spanish conquistadors and settlers. Immigrant groups such as Africans, Japanese, Chinese and Europeans have also contributed to the society, blend of cultures and ways in which Peruvians live. Whatever their ethnic background Peruvians agree on the importance of family and religion. In many cases generations of a family live together where the younger look after the elderly and help each other in difficult times.

 

Peruvians express their culture through their music, literature, art forms, dance, clothing, celebrations, religion, education, sports.

 

 

FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS

 

Art in Peru has been an important part of its culture for thousands of years dating back to pre-Inca times.Many skilled craftsmen continue the tradition today.

 

Native Amerindians still spin cotton, llama, alpaca and sheep wool into yarn and weave the yarn into cloth that will be used to make clothing and other textile.Weaving is not limited to wool, residents of the floating islands of Titicaca Lake weave reeds to build the islands and the houses where they live. Weaving have distinctive colors and patterns distinguishing particular villages.

 

Other hand made crafts include wood carving and jewelry, specially gold and silver. Retablos from Ayacucho are colorful wooden altars with carved religious and everyday scenes and figurines. Pottery is made to reflect ancient Moche and Nazca patterns and designs. Many hand made crafts can be found in markets as souvenirs.

 

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