The use of wild animals in ritual or magical-religious ceremonies is part of the tradition and culture of the Andean people of Quechua, Atacameño, and Aymara origins. Most of these activities are based on the use of Andean cat pelts, as well as the pelts of Pampas cats.(Leopardus colocolo).
These species of felines are known as "titi", "titimisi" or "titiphisi" (in the Aymara dialect), "achamichi" (in the Atacameño dialect), and "oskhollo" (in the Quechua dialect). Their pelts are still used in ceremonies marking the camelids or at the beginning of the planting season or harvest. They are a symbol of fertility and protection and are closely linked to the spirits of the mountains, forming an important part of local traditions. Religion plays a very important role in shaping the attitudes that local communities have towards their environment and the activities they engage in that may effect that environment.