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Ayni or Ayniy (from Quechua ) is a form of mutual aid that is widespread in the cultural area of ​​the Andes and in the adjacent eastern lowlands and has been handed down from pre-Columbian times.

Members of the village community ( Ayllu ) help a family with private projects, e.g. B. house building or field work. Any family can benefit from this help, and members of each family help other families. During the work, the helpers are provided with food and drink.

Ayniy is still widespread among the Quechua and Aymara in Bolivia , Peru and Ecuador .

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  • Jürgen Golte (1973) Dissertation Free University of Berlin: Farmers in Peru . P. 29 (village community) and p. 238 (definition of Ayni).
  • Charles C. Roberts (1974): The Link Between Land Reform and Economic Development . P. 33, Ayni and Minga.
  • Katja Grunow (2009): Credit scoring in microfinance institutions . P. 35 ff., Generalized and balanced reciprocity (example for Ayni and Mink'a in Amantaní ).
  • Carlos Milla Villena (2003) "Ayni. Semiotica de los espacios sagrados. Ley de Reciprocidad" Asociacion Cultural Amaru Wayra, Lima.
  • Leonora Arriagada Peters (2011) "Andean knowledge system. Basic knowledge and connections of the high Andean culture. El Sistema de Conocimientos Andinos. The Andean knowledge system." Dissertation Free University of Berlin. Cf. pp. 87–96 "The Aynina -Methode of the Reciprocity Philosophy " and pp. 129-141 "The Aynina -Methode of Symmetrical Reciprocity", published as a book: How ancient knowledge inspires science, invigorates: Insights into the Andean philosophy, Andean mathematics and Andean architecture as well as basic systematics of the Andean high culture. Knowledge creates new things, Berlin 2014.