Category Archives: Ancient History

Inka Museum, Cusco; The Desecration of Andean History

Perched on the corner of Cuesta del Almirante, the Inka Museum gives visitors a very brief glimpse into the ancient history of Peru. You will know when you are there by the dancing water fountain just outside.

The two-storey building is sectioned into the different epochs of Andean cultures, giving you a brief introduction to each before launching into a fully-blown unfolding of the Inca Empire which began in the 14th Century.

inca-kids
The children at this Indigenous School in Ollantaytambo near Cusco speak Spanish

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Book Extract – The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, Chiclayo

Built across three floors, the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan is a stand out feature against the small, somewhat dated buildings squatting in the backdrop. Shaped like a pyramid with a huge red slope leading to the entrance, it has a distinctive golden design of Ai Apaec, the Moche creator God, on the front wall.

It is a fairly large museum and contains over 1400 artefacts including ceramics, jewellery and clothing. But it is not so much the artefacts themselves that most interest me, but the symbols which I consistently find on them.

I have written at length over the course of this book about the symbols used by the ancients and have done my best to explain what they mean, or at least what they may mean. For example, you will remember one of the most prominent symbols is the snake or serpent. It appears everywhere and represents wisdom and the underworld or spirit within. It is very present again in Moche and Lambayeque artefacts.

Moche serpent

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Indra

In ancient Vedic literature, Lord Indra is depicted as a war god, a destructive force that yields a powerful weapon in the form of the vajra. However, as we shall see, Indra is not so much a god of waging battles, but is the aspect of our nature that enables us to summon courage and confidence.

Indra on Airavata
Image credit: Ankur P

In the Rig Veda, the earliest Hindu texts, Indra was regarded as one of the most powerful Gods. Although he has retained his tag as a Supreme god in modern Hinduism, the evaluation of his role in the development of consciousness has taken a back seat to the Trimurti. Continue reading The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Indra

Book Extract – The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, Chiclayo, Peru

Built across three floors, the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan is a stand out feature against the small, somewhat dated buildings squatting in the backdrop. Shaped like a pyramid with a huge red slope leading to the entrance, it has a distinctive golden design of the Ai Apaec symbol, the Moche creator God, on the front wall.

Moche ceramics, peru
Some scholars say these spiral patterns are “geometric waves”

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Decoding The Ancient Ruins of Lopburi, Thailand

Interpreting ancient symbolism at Phra Prang Sam Yod

Travellers meandering through Thailand might want to check out Lopburi. Or maybe not. There’s not much there other than ancient Khmer ruins riddled with monkeys.

Located around 150 kilometres north-east of Bangkok, Lopburi is only a couple of hours along the track and a pleasant train journey through the Thai countryside.

Monkey in LopBuri

Most visitors (probably) come here to see the Monkeys. And why not. The furry little darlings jump on cars, steal sunhats, shades and bags, and generally harass people.

A sign reads: Don’t open the window. Beware the Monkey come in. Continue reading Decoding The Ancient Ruins of Lopburi, Thailand

The Esoteric Meaning of April Fools’ Day

It has become a custom in Europe to play pranks on one another on April 1st. We call it April Fools’ Day and are given licence to defy the rules of societal order.

April Fool

But its true symbolic meaning is renewal and new beginnings. Continue reading The Esoteric Meaning of April Fools’ Day