The ceremony generally takes place outdoors, in the middle of a field.
The misayoq (sometimes referred to as a Paq'o) lays an unkua (a small rectangular finely woven cloth made from natural alpaca) on the ground, orientated in the direction of the nearest important Apu such as Salkantay or Ausangate.
Some group dating occurs in the late teen years, but dating in couples is almost strictly reserved for courtship.
The ceremony is usually performed by a Misayoq, a specialist in Andean rituals (commonly equated to priests).
Misayoqs are believed to possess the ability to communicate directly with the mountain spirits and natural forces.
Common-law marriage is not uncommon and is widely accepted, except in the upper class. The father is the undisputed head of the family, while the mother spends most of her time directing and performing household duties.
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