Kwanzaa 2011 – Principle #5: Nia

Afro-Peruvians: Proud of Their Roots
By Bren Herrera

African people were brought to Peru as slaves by the Spanish conquistadors, and little did anyone know how strongly they were going to influence our country through the years. One of the most important religious festivities was born thanks to an Angolan slave, who painted a dark skin Christ in a wall, in the XVII century. Today, the faith in El Señor de los Milagros, or Lord of Miracles, is stronger than ever, and people from every social class in Peru is devoted to the sacred image.

They say that necessity is the mother of creativity. And, this could not be more accurate when we speak about the Afro-Peruvian community. They were extremely poor, working at the big haciendas, but despite their situation they tried to rescue all the bits and ends discarded from the kitchen, and created the most scrumptious dishes, so good in fact, that they resisted the test of time and are not only popular nowadays, but actually part of the daily Peruvian diet. Read more…

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