By Catie Talarski
Diane was on Where We Live for a few minutes this morning, giving a rundown of our travels in Peru and playing some audio from a few of the interviews we’ve done.
I would add that my hope is for a better future: archaeological and research collaboration between Peru and Yale beyond Machu Picchu, youth education, promotion of cultural history and awareness, with Yale partnering with Peruvian scholars and students
Yale Daily News reports that the recent letter from Yale Alumni in Peru will not change the University’s legal strategy:
University General Counsel Dorothy Robinson said Yale has long sought a cooperative resolution to the dispute — something she said the letter-writers may not fully appreciate.
In other news, today is our last day in this lovely country. This date also marks the Procession of the Lord of the Miracles. I covered this procession in Hartford two years go (check out the audio slideshow). It was quite moving to be here in Lima for what is one of the biggest processions and celebrations in South America.
The origins of the Lord of Miracles date back to the mid 17th century. An Angolan slave painted a black Christ on a wall near Lima. The image sustained through attempts by the hierarchy to destroy it, and a massive earthquake that demolished surrounding buildings but left the wall standing. During the whole month of October, observations take place to honor the patron saint, whose color is purple. The main event takes place on the 18th – a procession in which hundreds of thousands of Peruvians dress in purple and sing and pray while accompanying the patron’s image for a 24 hour trek. The wooden platform that carries the image is completely covered with silver and gold, and weights more than a ton. It is carried on the shoulders of the “Pachacamilla Christ Brotherhood”.