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Ayaviri or Ayawiri is a town in Southern Peru, capital of the province Melgar in the region Puno. According to the 2007 Peruvian census, Ayaviri has a population of 22,667 people. Local festivities of note include the Festividad de Calendaria on January 24 and the Aniversario de la Provincia on October 25.Meaning of the nameThe origin of the word “ayaviri” is one wrapped in uncertainty. What meaning can be inferred is through the etymological study of the words, suffixes and prefixes of the languages prevalent in the region throughout its history. These languages include principally Urikuilla, Pukina and Aymara. Although Quechua is the current colloquial language of the area and was originally attributed to be the language of the word’s origin, its prevalence among the natives is of a later era, implying a less influential place in the formation of the word's meaning.UrikuillaIn Urikuilla, the word ayawiri means “the place or the town where reeds grow.” Although presently the word does not seem to match the geographical reality, the region was actually abundant in such reeds not too long ago.PukinIn Pukin, the compound word ayaviri means “the farm/plantation of the children” or “the place for the farms/plantations of the children.” Another compound word, hayaviri or jayaviri, means “the place of cultivation for young men/sons.” This is in concordance with an old tradition from the region consisting of a yearly distribution of agricultural land. The right to cultivate these lands is only inherited by the sons of the families belonging to these communities.AymaraThe meanings gathered from Aymara are especially rich and various. From the compound word ayawiri can mean “to spin,” “the spinners” or “the place where the spinners live.” This name seems linked to the local spinning mills that received the wool from the livestock of the region to manufacture yarn and fabrics. These mills were destroyed in 1781 during the rebellion of Tupac Amaru II.
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