Aug 30

A Photo Exhibit: Inti Raymi


The author


Jake McGuire is a photographer, writer and book publisher who spent the last 30 years traveling the world in search of adventure. He visited more than 40 countries. His photos appear in private collections, exhibitions, and are often found in airline and travel magazines.

In March of 1992, he received an Arts American Grant to give lectures on photography in Bahrain. In August of 1994 McGuire helped launch The Hill newspaper in Washington, as the first Photo Editor and then because of his culinary interests he quickly landed the newspaper's job as the restaurant critic.

In 1996, McGuire launched his own gourmet publication, The Washington Calendar of Food, Wine and Culinary Events. In December of 1998, Life Magazine selected one of McGuire’s prized images to run on the cover of a special edition of Life.

In January of 2001 and January of 2005, the Presidential Inaugural Committee selected McGuire’s photos for use in the official inaugural programs and guidebooks.

In 2004 Twin Lights Publishers in Rockport, MA commissioned McGuire’s to do a series of coffee table books, starting with, “Washington, D.C. a Photographic Portrait” and since then has produced 6 other coffee table books.

His newest book, "Washington, D.C., a Little Square Picture Book" was produced as an upscale gift for DC meetings, conventions, special events and for international visitors.

McGuire was recently featured in the Washington Post’s Style section in a flattering 160 column-inch profile on his photography and courtly style of doing business with embassies, diplomats, members of congress, lobbyists, and government relations firms in our Nation’s Capital.


The Inti Raymi


The Inti Raymi (Quechua for "sun festival")[1] is a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti (Quechua for "sun"), one of the most venerated deities in Inca religion. It was the celebration of the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset and the Inca New Year. In territories south of the equator the gregorian months of June and July are winter months.

During the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi was the most important of four ceremonies celebrated in Cusco, as related by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. The celebration took place in the Haukaypata or the main plaza in the city.

According to chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, Sapa Inca Pachacuti created the Inti Raymi to celebrate the new year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere. The ceremony was also said to indicate the mythical origin of the Incas. It lasted for nine days and was filled with colorful dances and processions, as well as animal sacrifices to thank Pachamama and to ensure a good cropping season.The first Inti Raymi was in 1412. The last Inti Raymi with the Inca Emperor's presence was carried out in 1535, after which the Spanish and the Catholic priests banned it.

In 1944, a historical reconstruction of the Inti Raymi was directed by Faustino Espinoza Navarro and indigenous actors. The first reconstruction was largely based on the chronicles of Garcilaso de la Vega and only referred to the religious ceremony. Since 1944, a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi has been taking place atSaksaywaman, two kilometers from its original celebration in central Cusco on June 24 of each year, attracting thousands of tourists and local visitors. 

Inti Raymi is still celebrated in indigenous cultures throughout the Andes. Celebrations involve music, colorful costumes (most notable the woven aya huma mask) and the sharing of food. In many parts of the Andes though, this celebration has been connected to the western festivals of Saint John the Baptist, which falls on the day after the northern solstice (June 21).