¿Que es un Tumi?


A tumi is a sacrificial ceremonial knife characterized by a semi-circular blade, made of either bronze, copper, gold-alloy, wood, or silver alloy that was used by some Inca and pre-Inca cultures in the Peruvian Coastal Region.  Tumi were produced for ritual use and for burials of elite members of ancient Andean society.  In Andean mythology, the Moche, Chimu and Incas were descendants of the Sun, which had to be worshiped annually with the festival of Inti Raymi.  During this important religious ceremony, the High Priest would sacrifice a completely black or white llama, using a tumi.  Other Andean cultures such as the Paracas culture have used tumi for the neurological procedure of skull trepanation.1

Today in Peru, to hang a tumi on a wall means good luck.   The tumi is one of the national symbols of Peru and has become a symbol used in Peruvian tourism publicity.  I saw them for sale everywhere as we explored southern Peru.  And of course, like a good tourist I purchased a copper and turquoise tumi that now hangs on my office wall.  Everyone can use a little extra good luck, including me…

1 Birmingham Museum of Art (2010). Birmingham Museum of Art: Guide to the Collection. London, UK:GILES. pp. 91. http://www.birminghammuseumstore.org/gutoco.html. Retrieved 06-28-2012.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaisywmills
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 18:42:55

    Good luck, huh? Can I borrow your tumi when I buy a lotto ticket? 🙂


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