Filmed on location in the Peruvian highlands, this unprecedented film takes us on a journey into the heart of an ancient earthkeeping culture to experience a way of life that is at once practical and mystical. It presents universally applicable insights into a state of being based on loving kindness, unconditional reciprocity, sustainability and the sanctity of daily life — the foundations of what is known as The Living Peace.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN TRADITION
Altomisayoq (Alto•me•sigh•yoke), meaning one who embodies the prayers of the high altar, is a name given to Andean celestial Paqos by European chroniclers in the mid-16th century. These Paqos, or maestros of the Living Energy, who constitute the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition are not shaman. They comprise one of our planet's few unbroken lineages of ancestral wisdomkeepers and spiritual intermediaries who have stewarded humanity's heart wisdom, animistic consciousness and celestially integrated reality for over 13,000 years.
In 1532 during their maltreatment by conquest and inquisition forces, Andean Paqos found it necessary to retreat to remote, high-altitude locations to safeguard their practical and esoteric wisdom. By enduring the hardships of extended isolation and secrecy for the past 480 years, this ancient lineage has been able to maintain its unified cosmology while keeping its holistic lifeways intact.
Following the disruption of the Inkan civilization, fewer and fewer Paqos have been able to sustain the lineage's high practices due to corruptive influences, mentorship die-off and a general lack of modern day apprentices willing to undertake the rigors of this demanding and resolute path. Presently, as foretold by oral history, the Apus, or mountain spirit benefactors, have begun recognizing and initiating western practitioners in order to expand the lineage, integrate cultures, restore humanity's cognitive lifeways and increase spiritual responsibility among industrialized societies.
Filmmaker Jeffrey Wium is a lineage holder in the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition with a professional background in multi-media production. In 2008 he received inspiration for this project during a pilgrimage in the Peruvian Andes.
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