"À la fin tu es las de ce monde ancien." G. Apollinaire
Don Benito Q'oriwaman is the story of a Quechua healer who, in the 1980s, disappeared into a lake high in the Andes. According to Quechua cosmology, healers are guardians who maintain a dialogue with nature and those who inhabit her. 
Don Benito used to sit alone in the silence of his adobe house. By afternoon, anthropic beings who he referred to as " persons ", would come to visit him. All his life, Q'oriwaman took care of this bond through rituals and songs of gratitude. But he disappeared, in silence, leaving the beings of the forests, rivers and glaciers, in solitude.

Those who remember him say that in his dreams Don Benito would hear a swell like an endless song. That one day when he woke up he went to the mountain in search of a lake that only appears with the rain. And when they encountered each other, Q'oriwaman, slowly descended into it. 
At sunset, he was gone, everything became silent, there was no more waves. 

The story of Q'oriwaman became a myth that recalls the close relationship of the healers with nature. It is said that he did not die, that his spirit lives in a lake at the top of the Pachatusan mountain.
The message of Don Benito Q'oriwaman
In Quechua cosmology, death is a river that must be crossed. // Don Benito would hear waves in his dreams, like an endless call.
Those who remember Don Benito say that he did not die, that his spirit lives in the lake. // He gave up his body to become one with the water.
Others say that if you look at the water attentively, you can see the face of Don Benito at the bottom of the lake.

He returned to the light where he came from. // The Quechuas tell that the dog is the one who helps to cross to the other side.

Since then, the lake has a special glow. // The story of Q'oriwaman became a myth that helps to preserve and transmit the Quechua cosmology.
The Quechuas believe there are spirits that inhabit nature. 
Don Benito disappeared without a trace but locals know that his spirit lives in the lake.
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