Toritos de Pucara

The bulls bring happiness, protection and fertility to all who inhabit their houses, in addition, they are considered a symbol of Andean identity, that is why many families have them at the top of their homes, either on their roofs or as ornaments. in homes, to watch over homes, bless marriages, and protect families.

Torito de Pucara: symbol of Peruvian crafts

One of the emblematic pieces of our Peruvian handicraft is the Torito de Pucará, although although they are not manufactured there, the correct thing would be to recognize the province of Pupuja, district of Azángaro, Puno as a point of creation. The acquisition of the name by which they are now known is due to the fact that in those days the Pucará railway station became the ideal place for the commercialization of their products, and that is how the designation of origin was adopted in the particular case of the bull. This “little bull” has a fascinating history that few know. This ceramic is one of the most famous abroad, because tourists who visit Peru always take some pieces in their suitcase as a gift or decoration.

A long time ago, in Pucara there was an intense drought, there was no sign of water in the rivers and the wells dried up. One day a peasant from Pucará came up with an idea of ​​offering to the God Pacha Kamaq, the creator of the earth. He decided to sacrifice a black bull, he had to sacrifice it at the top of the rock of Pucara if he wanted to be heard by the god Pachacámac to make his request for water. The black bull knew that something bad was going to happen to him so he had to pull it up. After so much effort the peasant managed to climb to the top, already there the bull had an irrepressible desire to rub himself on the rock, after that he accidentally sank his horn into a rock. Magically, a lot of water began to flow, so much that it was enough to supply the entire population. People astonished at such a miracle admired the bull more than the peasant of whom not much is known. From that day on, the bull became a sacred element for Peruvian culture. Causing the creation of these bulls for the artisans of Pucara. It was a dignified start to the ceremonies and to establish the belief that it brings protection when placed on the roofs of houses.

From the terraces of the Cusco houses you can see a lot of roofs of our city, stop for a moment to look for the bulls on the roofs. You will see that there are many, and they are all different!

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