How did Juan Victor Núñez del Prado Bejar, a professor of anthropology, become a Kuraq Akulleq, or fourth level Andean master?
In 1955, when Juan was 10, his anthropologist father Oscar Núñez del Prado was one of the leaders of an expedition which discovered the existence of a group of Q’ero Indians in the mountains of the Andes who even today continue to maintain and practice many Inka traditions.
This euphoric success affected Juan deeply, and led him, like both his parents, to study anthropology. He eventually became a professor at the University of Cusco. For over forty years Juan studied the prophecies and ways of the Inkas and Andean cosmology, following in his father’s footsteps.
Through his research he met two fourth level Andean Masters, one being Don Benito Qoriwaman. Juan began studying with him in 1979. In 1987, Don Benito gave Juan the rite of Hatun Karpay, the great initiation, which is the fourth level of this tradition, in the lineage of Waskar Inka.
Juan has also studied within the Buddhist tradition and in 1993 received his Buddhist initiation from Lopon Lama Chechoo Rinpoche.
Don Juan now devotes his time to teaching the great Inka traditions internationally, sharing both spiritual art and practice. He often speaks at seminars and conferences and leads annual gatherings of paqos. (A paqo is a practitioner within this spiritual tradition.)