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Tale of the White Hill: Cerro Blanco Print E-mail
Extracted from "Mysteries and symbols of the Nasca culture".

Cerro Blanco Anguish by  the droughts, men and  women walking without rest ,singing prayers asking to calm the hunger and  thirst. In this anguish they saw a beautiful condor that came from the sky and became in a man. All people were astonished and returned to their homes waiting for  a good augury that this Man from the heights has given to them as signal of their prayers. After the condor man toured sands and gorges, it went to the door of a beautiful woman, daughter of  the governor and offered her in exchange of her love, give to her city the vital element that is necessary for the  growing of plants. She accepted  and because the rare man  has knowledge of the mysteries of the nature, he took her to the mountains and asked to cry for her city. She cried during many days: It was so deep her feelings that  her tears perforated the soil , and it became in a big river that reached the valley where she lived. The rare man became Condor again and told the woman that he was the Lord of the heights asking for  her soul. They descend to the highest  part of the Nasca valley and the woman left her body becoming in a big  White Hill.

It is said that when people see the condor, it announces the arrive of water. Also, it is said that the  Lord of the Heights,  willing to award the fidelity of the woman, he send all the favors to the habitants of this regions. Because of her , the lord  full constantly the eternal springs.

Once per year there were put offerings in the top of the white hill asking to the Lord of the  hills the continue fluid of water in the  springs. The evidences are found in the vessels spread in that hill , many of them with gold powder like the vessel called  Ilipipipy that reverberates the light of the moon which is full of ashes of Hurango, in that way the prayers could reach directly to the spirits and gods.

A nasca tradition of the old  inhabitants is to make bonfires with  trunks of  huarangos because this tree represents the life. After  dancing , they drank around the “estaquerias” of the temples and the arid zones. When the bonfires went out, the ashes were keep in the vessels to offer  it in other ceremonies to the Goddess of the hills  which was a deity  linked to the fecundity that joined  breeding elements  of the nature. In the pampas where are traced the nasca lines , were found pieces of  vegetal carbon in small areas surrounded by rocks.

 
Tale of the Guadalupe virgin Print E-mail

Virgen de GuadalupeSince the year 1810, in which was found the Sacred image of the Guadalupe virgin, patron of Nasca, the catholic sons of this province celebrate in her honor the traditional holidays since august 29 to September 10 every year. The central day is September 08, in that day the holy mother Guadalupe goes in procession  visiting the main streets of the city. This festivity has been made without interruption by the parishioner of this province from generation to generation.

The story started  many years ago with the arrive of some news  in the Village of Nasca (now province), that in the beaches of the San Nicolas Bay,  a wool box was found beached by the sea. It had the image of the Guadalupe virgin, the Spanish.(different from the Guadalupe virgin, "virgin morena" which is in Mexico).It is supposed  that was part of a shipment of a Spanish galleon that probably  run aground in open sea.

This  finding  was  made by a  peasant called “Miguelin”  in San Nicolas in the year 1810. In that time, the news was spread to the nears localities  like Yauca, Acari, Palpa, Ica and Pisco. They organized groups of expedition to bring the precious piece to their cities. However, the tradition tells that it was a divine aim  that everyone failed because of inexplicable facts like the mule that pulled the chariot with  the load  didn't want to move like if t they were stick to the soil, in others, the donkeys feel so tired that it was impossible to lift. Moreover, a expeditionary group  could not go to the  town with the  load because  strong winds (paracas) that prevented them to continue, they were afraid to get lost in the road, so they left the virgin in the place  were was found.
These and other obstacles made to understand that the image was not for them.

In the main square of  the Nasca village, in that time was surrounded by some housed, "ranchos", the main chapel and the  gubernator house. The citizens met in that house to ask for the creation of an expedition which was commanded by the minister Fray Sotil (Hermits order), who   asked  to the settlers to get the best  beasts of burden to bring the venerated virgin, if that were the divine will.

The entourage arrived to the place where was the  sacred image, a clear and calm day, with good weather and according to the settlers, during  the return, they did not have any problem. What is more, the load was light and the mules wanted to arrive as soon as possible to the elected place.

There was some uncertainty  during some days among the villagers, they believed that the sacred image had been brought to other town, but it was a  great surprise when the minister Fray Sotil told them that soon the virgin would be in the Nasca village and that it would need an altar in the chapel.

With the ringing of the bells and enthusiastic cheering, the committee was received in the greater place of  the Nasca Village, they had a box with the holy virgin and the  mule bend its legs and down in a place  far away from the main chapel, that episode was taken as an warning to build there a temple for her veneration. Therefore, the temple was built in front of the  town square and was destroyed due to the earthquake in 1941.

Actually in the main church (built with cement and modern architecture) is  the sacred image of our patron of Nasca: The Blessed virgin of Guadalupe.