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El Tuturutu

December 4, 2017

 

The city of Arequipa in Peru is full of charming stories. one of them is the emblematic Tuturutu that adorns the ornamental column of the beautiful "Plaza de Armas". Much is told about this character and of course we are not sure if it is simply a legend, rumors or a real life character.

 

 

But who is the Tuturutu of Arequipa really?

 

Legend has it that he was a character of small stature and that he was of the absolute confidence of the Inca Mayta Capac for being his official messenger before the ayllus and soldiers. As revealed by Arequipa historian Manuel Huanqui Hurtado, "The name Tuturutu was taken from the sound of the instrument (horn) that this character used to announce to the Inca  the arrival of a chasqui or an encomienda", Huanqui Hurtado said that when the people of the Inca returned to the tambo after hearing the sound Tuturutúúú Tuturutu to receive seeds, parcels and provisions, while the Inca ordered kindly: Tuturutu brings! Tuturutu has! Tuturutu deals! It is said that "El Tuturutu" of both played day and night, until one morning he woke up petrified by a cold front and ever since then he became the permanent watchman of the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa.

 

 

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