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Tet New Year In Vietnam

Today is the Lunar New Year in Vietnam. I would like to wish all my Vietnamese friends, and especially my girlfriend, Kim and her family, all the best for the coming year.

Tet New Year in Vietnam

The ‘Tet’ New Year celebrates the first full moon of the New Year and celebrates the arrival of spring which brings with it new life.  In Vietnam, Tet is based on the Lunar calendar devised by the ancient Chinese. Continue reading Tet New Year In Vietnam

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.

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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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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.

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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 Mystery of Elongated Skulls in Nazca Archaeological Museum, Peru

What is the true story behind the history of mankind?

In 1928, the esteemed Peruvian archaeologists, Julio Tello excavated a 2km stretch of coastline along the Paracas peninsula in the south-west of Peru.

Elongated Skulls in Nazca, Peru

During the field work, Tello unearthed a massive graveyard containing some 300 skeletons. What is most striking about the remains are the elongated skulls, which in some cases are 25% bigger than the average human brain.

I imagine the first thought that springs to mind when most people see these skulls for the first time is: aliens. But let’s not go there shall we.

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Book Extract – An Interview With The Last Descendant of the Inca, Willocq, Peru

Extract from my book: Journeys to Ancient Worlds: What Modern Man Can Learn From Ancient Civilisations

When I was at the Inca ruins talking to Walter about my research, he suggested I get in touch with his friend Paul. So I did.

Peruvian school children in Ollantaytambo

 

Paul was also a local guide, pleasant, chatty and in good shape. His thick black hair and a long narrow face is typical of Peruvians, and so too the smile that seems to be continually fixed to his jaw. He suggests I might like to go into the mountains to a little indigenous village named Willocq where I can meet Mama Yupanqui – the last surviving descendant of the Inca King, Manco Tupac. I jump at the chance! Continue reading Book Extract – An Interview With The Last Descendant of the Inca, Willocq, Peru