What is Kay Pacha?
Being completely fascinated with Peruvian history, I decided to call my website Kay Pacha Travels because I am traveling this earth (I know, you’re thinking-what other planet would you traipse around silly?) in search of my mission, to inspire myself-and hopefully others-and this is my journey.
And now, a little wiki history lesson:
Kay Pacha (pronounced Kai Pacha) is a Quechua word for ‘this earth’.
Quechua is a language native to South America and spoken mostly in Peru and Ecuador.
(Chakana image taken from google pics)
According to Inca mythology, the Chakana (or Inca Cross) symbolizes what is known in other mythologies as the World Tree, Tree of Life and so on. The stepped cross is made up of an equal-armed cross indicating the cardinal points of the compass and a superimposed square. The square represents the other two levels of existence.
The three levels of existence are Hana Pacha (the upper world inhabited by the superior gods), Kay Pacha, (the world of our existence) and Ucu or Urin Pacha (the underworld inhabited by spirits of the dead, the ancestors, their overlords and various deities having close contact to the Earth plane). The hole through the centre of the cross is the Axis by means of which the shaman transits the cosmic vault to the other levels. It also represents Cuzco, the center of the Incan empire, and the Southern Cross constellation.
I loved the representation so much that I tattooed it on my leg last year in a tattoo parlor in Lima-seriously!