Aymara Character KuripeAMKB_ANT
These handcrafted bamboo Kuripes were made by the artisan Linno of the Aymara people. Each kuripe character he created reflects an aspect of their rich culture*. Unfortunately this artisan passed away after weeks on a ventilator; he lost his battle with Covid-19.
The Aymara people are a South American indigenous group native to the Altiplano region, in the lower altitudes of the Andes. The first Aymara peoples inhabited the same area in which they live today, and have lived continuously in these areas for more than 5,000 years. Its initial culture was one of the foundations on which the powerful socioeconomic system of the Inca Empire was founded. The first Aymara peoples were called “Jaqi” (human beings) and belonged to the Collasuyo division in the Inca Empire. Linguistic research found that the Incas may have spoken Aymara early in their empire, but they learned Quechua later. Some conjectures also claim that the "secret (codified) language of the Incas" may have been an ancient variety of Aymara.
Size: 1.5" (refers to the distance between the openings (ie. nostril to mouth)
* Kuripe image is representative of the Kuripe character you will receive. Actual stones on the Kuripe may differ from the one selected.