Re: Re: Peru crotals
The two small bells look like llama bells that are sometimes put on the animals’ ears. A painting by Michael A. Hampshire shows preparations for the Festival of the Sun (Inti-Raymi) in Cuzco, the Imperial Inca capital. A pack train from Antisuyu is seen entering the city with the lead llama wearing a small open-mouthed bell on a strap around its neck. Every year, this festival is still celebrated on 24th of June when llamas are decked with crotals attached to their ears and necks by gaily coloured ribbons. I have a llama crotal from Peru that makes no sound. The pellet inside appears to be made of a tightly rolled ball of wool – possibly from a llama. I suppose the constant tinkle of a crotal on the ear is not always well tolerated by the wearer.