Carnival San Pedro- In the pampas the devils dance freely
The Atacameños or LiKan-Antai speaking Kunza are the indigenous people of the desert region in northern Chile.
In current cultural expressions, the symbiosis between the indigenous people of the region, Collas, Incas and the legacy of Spanish colonialism is present. Traditions and festivals in the desert represent a cultural and religious mix that includes devotion to the land Pachamama and Catholicism. Pagan beliefs such as worship, respect, and fear of demons are combined with folk dances, indigenous beliefs, and devotion to the Virgin.
Dances are an element of social cohesion, as participants recognize each other as family, although not all have blood ties. This fact expresses the influence of tradition on the daily life of cultists throughout the year. To be a part of these comparisons is a great honor and requires very rigorous training. The knowledge and performance of the dances are passed down from generation to generation and orally.
During the main festival, the dances perform a procession, dancing for hours under the exhausting desert sun. The route goes from the Ayllu to the center of San Pedro de Atacama and its respective church.