The Tumi is currently the national symbol of Peru. It is a sacrificial ceremonial axe or knife with a semi-circular blade. The head of the Tumi represents Wiracocha, The Incan God, and it is most associated with Pre-Incan cultures. Tumis were produced for ritual use, including burial ceremonies, and even surgery. As such the Tumi also referred to as “the medicine man.” Often adorned with precious stones and made of bronze or silver, in modern Peru, to hang a Tumi on a wall means good luck.


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