Mesa

The Mesa – the Medicine Bunch

The Mesa is an external representation of your personal force and a permanent physical contact to the Andes tradition, your masters, and energies with whom you have been in contact.

A Mesa is a portable package of force /healing bunch/medicine bunch – or an altar as your personal contact to nature spirits, holy places, and masters with whom you wish to work.

The Mesa can be used for various purposes, to call upon the force from the masters and the holy energies in order to help you and others, and also in connection with healing, and furthermore, in connection with prayers – such as blessing, opening of places for ceremonial purposes.

The Mesa is the Paqo’s (Andean energy artisans) concentration and focusing tool.

A Mesa may be a medicine purse or a piece of cloth in which you collect your energy objects (khuya) such as stones, figures, etc.

 

» Read about the Despacho here

Paqo, Qero priest in the middle of a Despacho ceremony

Paqo, Qero priest in the middle of a Despacho ceremony

Folding of a Mesa

Begin with the bottom end and fold it across the khuyas (your holy items) which you have placed in the middle of the carpet. Then you fold the end from the left over the middle and rotate the carpet in order to secure that you always fold from the left side. Third time you fold from the left then you bend the end under the hollow cavity of the cloth.

Finally, you fold for the fourth time; here you fold the last end into the hollow cavity in order to tighten the cloth.

Now the Mesa ought to be fully closed; it is now possible to throw the Mesa up into the air without the Mesa coming apart!

A folded Mesa, mobile medicine bunch

A folded Mesa, mobile medicine bunch

Mesas at a ceremony

Mesas at a ceremony