The people of Magdalena de Cao celebrated the return of the Moche leader to the town she led 1,700 years ago with dances, gastronomic’s fair, and art. Look how the celebration of the Señora de Cao went.

Joy and pride are the feelings that predominate in the faces of the people of Magdalena de Cao, who carried the bust of Señora de Cao at the celebration held in her honor for the second consecutive year. “It’s a beautiful thing that Señora de Cao has been discovered because our town has been identified as a touristic town,” says Margot Barriga, a woman who has lived in the town for 40 years.

The people of Magdalena de Cao reunited in the main square to hear the words of their authorities and the members of the Wiese Foundation (Fundación Wiese), who for the second consecutive year organized the celebration in honor of the Señora de Cao. The ceremony was attended by pachamuralistas, foreign and national artists, who painted the facades of houses and businesses with Mochica motives in the “II Festival Internacional de mural ancestral Mochica”, which ended with the tour of the murals during the celebration of the Señora de Cao, at last August 25.


The founder of pachamuralism, the artist Roberto López Rojas, said that the 41 artists, who traveled to Magdalena de Cao to paint the murals with ancestral techniques, felt excited to know the history of Señora de Cao, who continues to be a living leader for the community of Magdalena de Cao. “I saw children painting, the ladies carrying chicha to the artists, the gentlemen helping with the stairs. A cooperative philosophy, from the neighbor on the corner to the Wiese Foundation (Fundación Wiese), we all made synergy “, explains the huancaíno about the experience.

In the words of the Director of the Archaeological Complex El Brujo and the Museo Cao, Regulo Franco, “The celebration of the Señora de Cao has made the people feel proud of having an important ancestor as is the Señora de Cao”. An anecdote that depicts the pride felt by the people of Magdalena de Cao is that in each performance or anniversaries of the district, the girls choose to dress as Señora de Cao and the boys as Moche warriors. “They are painted with the iconography of El Brujo Archaeological Complex, which is very important for us because it helps to strengthen the identity of the community”, explains Régulo Franco.


In a celebration, dancing cannot be missed. The dance group Illatiksi delighted the audience with various typical dances. The palms were taken by the horses that danced “marinera” alongside a flirtatious girl. The assistants of the IV Archeology Colloquium “The Development of the Archaeological Sites: Tensions, Challenges, and Opportunities” were also present and were very satisfied with the dishes offered by the gastronomic fair.

The celebration of the Señora de Cao ended as it began: with a procession where the bust of the Moche leader toured the streets of the town that led 1,700 years ago. “I thank the Señora de Cao very much because she is the proof that we are a millenary culture, that Peru is not only Machu Picchu, that there are also other extremely important archaeological resources in the North Coast of Peru and one of those sites is El Brujo Archaeological Complex, which is 14,000 years old, “concludes Régulo Franco.