The most common symbols found in Chinchero’s weaving are animals, such as condors, pumas, llamas, guinea pigs, snakes, hummingbirds and fish. The Quechua people see themselves as an integral part of the natural world, which encapsulates both the physical and spiritual realms, and certain animals are representative of particular deities of the three worlds of the Andean cosmology, the upper, middle and underworld; for example, the sky can be represented by the condor, the earth by the puma, and water by the serpent. The condor was believed to be the god of the Upper World, and an appearance of a condor was thought to be a message from the heavens, or sometimes a sign of a person passing away. The hummingbird was believed to be a messenger between the three worlds and also serves as a symbol of rebirth. The colors used in the “chumpis” also have a meaning, in this case the weavers used red which represents life and blood.