The Concept of Kamay

Uncategorized Sep 28, 2020

In 2015, I led a trip to Peru with anthropologist Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin, who is one of the world’s experts in the field of Peruvian curanderismo. As we traveled through the Sacred Valley and into the Northern Coast, one of the themes we shared (and explored) with our group was the concept of kamay and its role in the ancient cosmovision of the Peruvian peoples.  This concept refers to a method of “modeling” and “capturing” the essence of something, through a process of mirroring, reflection, and alignment (Magee and Glass-Coffin 2015).

The nature of kamay exists, on all scales, as an interwoven matrix of replicated forms throughout the universe, where the whole exists within the part and the part within the whole. An example being the majestic Oak tree, which exists within a tiny acorn, and the acorn exists within the Oak. Or the planets of our solar system (which are comprised of countless atoms) revolve around the sun, just as protons and...

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