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.
During the four elements workshop, I had the fortune to meet Ray H Crist (I think he gave himself that name). He is a practicing Shaman, taught by the Q´ero Indians of Peru, and the founder of the spiritual healing group, Jaguar Path based in the United States. Out of interest I ask how he came to be on the path of Andean Shamanism. I was expecting such a mind-blowing response, but Ray has a fascinating story about alternative healing and the power of the mind.
It has been dubbed the playground of the Gods. High in the mountains, 88km from Lima, Markahuasi is yet another strange phenomenon in Peru. Unusual stone formations reveal faces of people and animals from overseas countries carved rock. They shouldn’t be there.
Mainstream archaeologists claim the rock formations are naturally formed and dozens rocks that appear to originate from the four corners of the earth are merely coincidence. If scholars say the rocks have been weathered by time, it must be true right? But when you go and investigate the “phenomenon” for yourself, the rocks tell a completely different story. Continue reading Peru Mysteries: The Sculpture Park of Markahuasi→
This is what David Choque had told me in the living room of Doctor Valencia’s apartment. That’s not to say authentic Shaman do not exist, but because ancient traditions have died out due to the Spanish suppression of indigenous peoples, the full of extent of true knowledge has been lost. As a consequence modern man may never develop the esoteric wisdom our ancestors possessed. Continue reading Cusco, Peru: In Search of a Shaman→