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MESA, PAGO & DESPACHO
MESA, PAGO & DESPACHOS – TABLE, PAYMENT & DISPATCH
How to perform offerings in the world of the Incas was diverse and the sacred spaces where to produce these were called Wacas, of course this did not invalidate the performance of offerings in areas of need as the villages, valleys, rivers, the lakes, the ocean, mountains and others. The Incas never had limitations in the way they relate to the world and the cosmos. Mother Earth - Pachamama has no preferences and offerings may be as the simplest to the most complex.
There were offerings which for its importance may contain very exclusive materials including gold, silver, precious stones, textiles, ceramics, food, etc.. It was regarded as substantial presence in the offerings of all the objects that represent the four elements of our immediate reality. But in short there were no limits and this included the structural form of their own spaces created for the offerings.
While there were no limits on the way to create the ceremonies and offerings, for ease specific rituals the Incas used some special sacred geometries for their offerings, as the structures including square, rectangular, triangular, circular and other shapes. These geometric remaining evidence still exist in several archaeological sites along the Andes. Although these historical evidences are present in many of the archaeological sites of Peru and Bolivia, anthropology has tried to sell one of these geometries, such as the "square", which by resembling a "table" - “MESA” has been popularized as the only structure the Incas used in ceremonies thus obviating the other geometries; so that if the student of the sacred path of the Andes will travel for its sacred centers will find all these evidences, thereby altering their perception and indeed expanding its vision of the different ritual forms that the Incas used for their respectful relationship with nature.
The mystical market from USA is contributing to affect the history of the indigenous peoples in Peru in specific trends in how the ceremonies should be made, and they sell the image of the square form as the sole, so try to justify the use of the product "MESA" which means “TABLE” that is sold between themselves. Some natives from the Andes in their simplicity tried to justify not referring to the word "MESA" - “TABLE”, but the word "MISA," - “Mass” which is the Catholic ceremony performed by the priests in their churches, these interpretations what they have done is confusing to the pilgrim on the world of the Andes.
For ease of use and being accessible in some markets of Cusco, some indigenous people in Peru buy a bundle made with curious objects invented by some traders who have imposed this way combining Catholic religious symbols and other objects of various materials including plastics, paper and metal and even representations of dollars creating a stream of interest in the foreign public, and that they would have said this is the way to purchase these products for "despachos" - “DISPATCHES” as they call themselves and also to create their own square structures called "tables" - “MESAS,” in short the market is responsible for the development and popularization of these products called “MESA” - "table," “DESPACHO” - "dispatch" and “PAGO” - "payment." Because the market has imposed these mystical forms, that does not mean it is Inca, neither the ancient ways the Andean ancestors had of relationship with their world.
Some blood descendants of the Incas, but not cultural descendants, by the need to chose a way to perform a ceremony selected the “square” as the easiest to be find in the market. When we create a square space to place the offerings, all as a whole suggests the form of a "table" - “mesa”, and for this suggestion, certain indigenous from Peru were inclined to preserve this form, which has been echoed by some followers who intend that the only structural form in conducting offerings is thus obviating all others as triangular, rectangular and round; of course that when using a triangular-shaped ceremonial space, would be more difficult to be call "MESA" - “TABLE.” When understanding the ancient history of sacred geometry in Peru with its sacred sites, as a conclusion would put on the floor the schools that support their products in the practice of “MESA” - "TABLE" because they would have more of the ancestral essence as a spiritual guide.
The real history of the ritualistic relationship of the ancestors Andean teachers is gone, and with them were also lost the forms, materials and structures used to establish a ritual communion with the world of Pachamama. This loss ended affecting the blood descendants of this great Andean culture; especially the indigenous which for centuries to be helpless and being in a condition of survivor, did not have the opportunity or the interest for rediscovering what their ancestors practiced or knew of the world of magic and ancient science. Unlike the contemporary the indigenous inhabitant of the Andes survived carrying a huge amount of superstitions, the result of a people steeped in ignorance and religious idolatries.
The indigenous tribal survivors were and still are somehow in conditions of slavery and this position makes them to be dependent of the colonial aristocracy still existing in Peru and also dependent of the government in such a way that they preserved these indigenous as a historic museum alive without regards for their own evolution. The abusive treatment to these populations greatly affected them in such a way that to escape of their sufferings the look for alcohol was an option and together with their religious fragility became even more superstitious in their daily lives. These people with long time of impositions became a very Catholic followers, full of fears and superstitions, where when the boss owner of lands asked them to realize a specific work, this indigenous before doing anything, would have to ask the employer to before starting to do a job as planting, harvesting, constructing, etc.. would have to first buy certain items to be offered, and because they had no money to do so, the work to be undertaken may be at risk of not being successful. Of course none of these superstitions the owners of lands were interested, but yes for their slaves to work. So in this way was gradually instituting the practice of who was going to do the “PAGO” - "payment" to have the items required to undertake any work, and thus was born the term "PAGO" - "payment" as a result of poverty and Peruvian indigenous superstitions.
A religious practice of offering something to the ground in the time became the most common expression of "PAGO” - “payment," expression that already is a distortion term for the nature of communion between man and Mother Earth. In principle, in the glorious past of the Andean masters, no "payment" - “PAGO” for nothing was practiced, but yes exchanges were made, as the practice of Ayni to contribute to the growth of the Self. In our days, the expression of “PAGO” - “payment” is becoming popular, especially in Western and Peruvian currents that have found in this expression an easy way to generate attraction and new age followers. So the term "payment" - “PAGO” is the result of a distortion of the sacred relationship with the nature of the Being and joins perfectly another expression “DESPACHO” also hosted by the Western public, and obviously this is because we Westerners are not specialists in this type of history and for not being accurate we end affecting the essence of what was the magical world of the Incas.
Along with the term "PAGO” - “payment," it joins another expression which is also the result of the prostitution of religious practices made for indigenous survivors; since in the time evolved the practice of "pago-payment" which not only would be a specific bundle with suggested items created for audacious traders, but at the same time it could be take this package to other places and for the exigences of some owners of land (hacendados), even some bundles will be "dispatched" - “DESPACHO” to distant destinations so that in other locations the same aristocracy will show to other indigenous the same practices and thus work required by employers landowners would be guaranteed. All this, combined both the “PAGO” and the “DESPACHO”, the “payment” and the “dispatch” where the bundle with religious content will be converted in the “DESPACHO” - “dispatch” which is nothing more than the practice of "dispatch" something somewhere, deep down the expression of "dispatch" no is more than a crude way of wanting to relate with Mother Earth.
Of course, the indigenous not only sent to some destination these objects or these bundles, but these offerings could be buried in holes or even burned, thus being considered that they would be “dispatching” the object or objects involved in the offering.
While in the time of the Incas could bury or burn, or carry somewhere a specific offering, we must remember that in the past there was no money, so no one was on a "pay" - “pago” for nothing. And the contemporary expression "DESPACHO" - “dispatch” made the energy dissociates of the ritual purpose, since it degenerates the essence of something in just ordinary. You "dispatch" in the mail a package, but you offer an “offering” to whom correspond and more if it is for Mother Earth. When I see these things, I see the interference from us Westerns without consciousness on this spiritual history that was fascinating, and I hope that one day it will be with respect and in an appropriate way we relate to Pachamama.
It is time for us not contribute in polluting the environment with called "DESPACHOS" made by some Peruvian natives where many of the materials used are far from organic, under no circumstances can we justify that it is an appropriate way to interact with the nature as are buried or burned plastic, paper, chemicals and other items that are characteristic of the so-called "despachos" - “dispatches.” When you visit some holy places in Peru and as an example in the Sacred Lake Titicaca, is a large amount of trash and debris created as a result of “dispatches” made by such mystic guides, indigenous priests or mystic foreigners who contribute to this degradation. Surely this kind of practices will be not approved by the Incas an they will be surprise and disturbed by the disrespectful way as these natives or Westerns consider these sacred places.
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Naturalist, love animals and do not eat them. Want a better world for us and for the generations to come.
Deep in the world of our ancestors and the wisdom they left.