8 junio, 2024

7 typical dances and dances of Loreto (Peruvian jungle)

The main typical dances of Loreto They are the dance of the gang, the siritacuy, the Apu Cashi, the chimaychi and the dance of the anaconda of the Bora ethnic group, among many other rhythms that are danced in this department of Peru.

The people of Loreto are one of the richest in the country in terms of customs and traditions, as evidenced in their dances and music.

Other typical dances of Loreto are the dance of the macaw, the pishta, the chullachaqui, the shusuq, the dance of the construction of the balza, the dance of the suri de aguaje, the changanacuy and at least twenty other mestizo rhythms.

Main typical dances of Loreto

1- The gang

It is cataloged as the most popular and joyful dance in the department of Loreto. Traditionally, it is danced during the celebration of the festivities of San Juan and San Pedro and in carnivals.

It is said that this dance is based on real events that occurred during the clash between the native civilization of the Peruvian jungle and the first Spanish conquistadors.

The gang is danced by women (Amazons) with spears, with great skill and skill. This dance has a meaning of war. It is danced with jumps and joyful movements of the legs and arms, very contagious.

2- Apu Cashi

In this traditional dance of the Peruvian jungle, magic is mixed with mystery. The legends of mythological beings and sorcery rituals are represented in this dance.

This dance characterizes the happy and at the same time melancholic man who inhabits these territories.

It is danced to the slow tanguiño rhythm and is in homage to the bat god, to thank him for the good harvests and the gathering of food. You are also asked to protect the community.

The musical instruments that accompany this traditional dance are the drum, the quena, the manguare, the bombo and the maracas.

3- The siritacuy

The name of the dance means «ant that bites» in the Quechua language. It is a mestizo dance, because it is of tribal origin with Creole elements.

It is danced in pairs, which are making small jumps while simulating with rhythmic pinches the bites of the furious sitaraco ants, which are native to that jungle territory.

During the development of the dance, the men represent the ants that chase the women.

The stung women represent the discomfort of the stings with gestures of pain and the expressions “oh, oh, oh”.

4- Festival of the anaconda of the Bora ethnic group

It is danced in the communities of Bajo Igará, Bajo Caquetá and Paraná. It is a dance in honor of the anaconda snake, which is the highest deity of this jungle ethnic group.

The anaconda is represented with a serpentine tree, which is stepped on by men as a symbol of worship. At the same time, the women sing songs as a sign of adoration, gratitude and a request for help so that they can have a fruitful year.

The dance is executed with undulating movements by the women simulating the anaconda. The men accompany carrying sticks that they decorate with shapacas, which are beaten and shaken.

5- The chimaychi

In this dance, the music of the Peruvian highlands is fused with the huayno loretano genre. It is executed by jumping and waving the hands.

Its rhythm depends on the type of festivity in which it is danced, so it can be more or less cheerful.

6- The changanacuy

Changa means leg and nacuy comes to be caress. The name of the dance already indicates that it is a romantic or couple dance, being danced to a typical Amazonian rhythm.

7- The box

Dance that combines slow rhythms with fast ones. She is very typical in important events of the Loreto locals. Its origins are indigenous and it has some pagan symbolism.


Mixed dances. Retrieved on November 21 from enperu.org
Dances of Loreto. Consulted from reviewsdanzasperu.blogspot.com
Customs Peru – Dances. Consulted from costumbresperu.jimdo.com
Dances of Loreto / Dances of Peru. Retrieved from yachachic.com
The Sitaracuy. Consulted from danzandoperuano.blogspot.com
Festival of the Anaconda of the Bora ethnic group. reviewsdanzasperu.blogspot.com

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