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Andean Brew Part 2

Like wine in the Christian communion, the Inca used chicha as part of their religious ceremonies. They also used it to pay laborers for state construction work on temples and for agricultural work. Employers also used chicha as payment for many other types of work and it served as the common currency that laborers happily accepted. But not all chicha tasted the same. Elites with access to higher quality ingredients and brewing techniques paid laborers with a better tasting chicha. In the final analysis chicha remained essential to the smooth operation of Andean societiey serving as sanitary beverage, source of nutrition, an aid to worship, and a currency of exchange for labor.

Andean Foodways and Beverages: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Andean

Two Old Culinary Traditions

Andean Brew Part 1