ceramic bulls Pucara, Peru

The arrangement of these ceramic sculptures known as Torito de Pucara varies from village to village and from homeowner to homeowner. I learned that these were not just a roof decoration but something of great significance. In order to honor Pachamama (or Mother Earth) the ceramic sculpture is often placed on the roof of a new house when the home is first blessed and this causes the economic well-being of the family living there. These small ceramic bulls represent happiness, wealth and fertility. The water jugs can also represent fertility. This is just one of the many examples from the mixture of Catholic and native religions.