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ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: THE INCAS' WISDOM, INTI, CUZCO AND MORE
The INCAS had great sites like: MACHU PICCHU, SAQSAYWAMAN (My favorite), OLLANTAYTAMBO, THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS, the marvelous CUZCO (Cusco), etc. INTI was the sun god.The INCAS were a very awesome culture from SOUTH AMERICA. They had their empire in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, but they spread it to other countries too.
The great empire of the Incas was possible thanks to Pachacuti, Tupac Inca 1, Tupac Inca 2, Huayna Capac, Huascar and Atahualpa.
Huascar and Atahualpa were brothers, but ambition to power does not care about blood ties! They were fighting each other to get the whole empire, but the Spaniards had other plans. They convinced Atahualpa to become Christian to help him. He saw that as a great opportunity; but the foreigners deceived him and they get prepared to kill him after their victory. Atahualpa promised to fill of gold a room. The Spaniards accepted, but Francisco Pizarro (The leader of the conquistadores) ordered his death anyway.
CUZCO the great capital of the Incas was the very center of the empire. It is said the Incas reigned for 100 years and the Spaniards came to overcome them. All ancient civilizations had a time of splendor a golden age. When the Spaniards came the Incas were already in the Iron Age!
The Spaniards could not overcome them if the Incas were in their golden Age or in their Silver Age. Nevertheless, the time came to pay for all those mistakes that the Incas made! Those who conquer other nations will be conquering by other nation!
INTI: THE GOLDEN SUN OF THE INCAS.
INTI is THE GOLDEN SUN! The most important deity in the Inca realm. The sun is always related to gold. That precious stone was not of economic value for the Incas, it was a symbol of the sun and because of that its importance.
The Spaniards on the other hand saw in those golden statues or golden walls a very high economic value. THE CORICANCHA was the Temple of the Sun. It was in Cuzco. It was made of stones put in such proper way! On top of those rocks they mounted gold. So its walls were golden walls. The Incas put emeralds, rubies, etc. around each door. Now you can see only the naked rocks, the gold is gone! Now you can see the holes around the doors, the precious stones were taken! Who take them? Who did it? The answer you know it.
Now you can go to the main church in Cuzco and you will find part of that gold on the Altar. The rest traveled overseas.
OH INTI! YOUR TEMPLE WAS LOOTED!
OH GREAT TEMPLE! YOUR STONES WERE TAKEN AWAY!
YOUR GOLD IS GONE, GONE, GONE!
NEVERTHELESS; THE POWER OF INTI REMAINS.
THE GLORY OF THE INCAS IS NOT GONE,
IT IS SLEEPING FOR A TIME TO COME!
There is not too much left to enjoy the wisdom of the Incas, but the power of attraction is really huge. Thousands of people visit their ruins. Yes, from every part of the world. Why? Because the energy of the Incas is not gone. INTI IS ALIVE; IT REMAINS IN EVERY DESCENDANT'S HEART!
INTI, as the Creator of everything, was called HUEHUETEOTL among the Aztecs. It was the very first god and actually the Creator of the gods and humans.
INTI is the fire which brings to life all in the universe. It is called the 'BIG BANG" by the scientists. It is the origin of that Big Bang!
Every emperor of the Incas was called THE INCA. It reminds me the word: INCANDESCENT! It is related to something hot as the sun.
The Inca was supposed to be the son of Inti. He was a deity itself. Hercules, Perseus, Theseus were sons of Zeus too, no? Sons of the main god are around the planet. Myths? Yes, they are; but it does not mean the meaning is false. Remember: THE IMPORTANCE OF A SYMBOL IS NOT THE SYMBOL ITSELF, BUT ITS MEANING.
Do not forget: ALL CULTURES HAD A GOLDEN AGE AND ALL OF THEM EXPLAIN HUMANS WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM IT. THE REASON: HUMANITY DISOBEYED THE SUPERIOR LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE.
INTI AS THE GREAT FIRE OF THE CREATION!
It was a huge explosion, according to scientist. That explosion created the universe. That is the theory of the Big Bang! The question will always stand and challenge modern minds: HOW DID THAT EXPLOSION STARTED? "RANDOMLY" could be the answer. But many scientists do not think so. They see an order in the whole creation: From the great galaxies to the ADN. This brings to the table THE INTELLIGENCE DESIGN THEORY. There is another theory related to the creation: THE STRING THEORY.
Please observe one thing: THEY ARE THEORIES! Do not forget that. Well, modern scientist believe in those theories, but the ancient civilizations already explained the way the universe was made; but they used symbols which usually are not understood!
The main god of ancient cultures, THE CREATOR, is always related to FIRE! It does not matter if you believe in the Big Bang Theory or the String Theory, the matter is: BOTH SAY IT WAS AN EXPLOSION and scientists know very well that… The closer you get (going back in time) to the origin of that explosion the hottest the temperature it was! In other words: THE ORIGIN OF THE CREATION WAS FIRE!
So, Inti is a real good symbol of that explosion, so is Huehueteotl the god of fire of the Aztecs! In other words: OUR ANCESTORS KNEW THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE WAS FIRE!
Modern scientist cannot answer the question: WHO STARTED THE FIRE? How can a piece of dynamite explode by itself? We have to admit it has to be something behind that explosion: IT HAS TO BE AN INTELLIGENCE! Neither Inti nor Huehueteotl had human forms; but that form represents that intelligence: IT HAS HUMAN ATTRIBUTES LIKE A HEAD AND A HEART!
The Creator was always depicted as an old man as Hueheteotl is depicted and the Christian Creator too. No one has a human form, they are not humans; but the human shape is just a symbol of intelligence and love (Head and Heart), the power to create (Hands) and the power to move (Feet), etc.
The Creator is a force, but an intelligent force aware of itself and able to think before creating. The Creator of the universe made the gods or angels (for Christians). These gods made humans with the form of them. The same bible, in Genesis, says "LET'S MAKE MEN WITH OUR RESEMBLANCE. Please note this expression: "LET'S MAKE" It does not say: "I WILL MAKE" and check Psalm 82 where written is: "GOD IS AMONG THE GODS IN THE DIVINE TRIBUNAL." Please do not forget that Angels are many, some of them: Michael, Raphael, Anael, Gabriel (Hermes for the Greeks), etc.
Well, this is not a religion discussion. I just try to explain the meaning of THE CREATOR as the ancient cultures saw him or should I say "saw her" I WILL TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT IN ANOTHER LENS...
CUSCO: THE GREAT TIHUANTINSUYO!
Cusco (known as Cuzco too) is a magical place full of beautiful sites like SacsayhuamÃ¡n, Ollantaytambo and some other ones. I was there for a week and it was not enough. The environment is really amazing and it is hard to leave from there.
The great Cuzco had a glorious past and we have, in that magnificent city, just a sample of the Incas' empire. It was built forming a jaguar shape. We can see, now days, many houses built on top of original Incas construction.
It is amazing to see those rocks joint so perfect that not even a razor can get between two rocks! Sometimes you think they cut those rocks and they gave them the shape they wanted. Where did they get rocks that match in so perfect way? They look like puzzles that were formed in such an accurate way!
The llamas, the alpacas and the people with their classical clothing give that especial touch that you cannot find in another place of the whole planet!
Cuzco was called TAHUANTISUYO by the Incas. It was divided in four parts. This is something we can find in different cultures as the Aztecs and other civilizations.
The great Cuzco is a place you must visit, not just because of the Inca's legacy, but for the place itself. Many tourists visit this beautiful and simple city.
The first thing they will offer you, when you get into a hotel, is COCA's tea. Well, it is not a drug because it is not processed. They give you that so you do not get "SOROCHE." What is that? They call "SOROCHE" to the feeling you might have for being so high; its altitude, according to WIKIPEDIA, is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). Soroche is feeling dizzy and week! Coca's tea is to avoid that feeling.
Cuzco, as I said before, had the shape of a jaguar. Now it lost that shape because more and more houses were built. There are a lot of vegetarian restaurants. People are very friendly. A place you cannot miss is the Cathedral. Why? Because of it is beautiful. The altar is made of gold. Yes! Incas' gold. Another beautiful place is the temple of the sun. A catholic church was built on top; the same was done in Mexico with the great temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtli! It s said, its walls had gold and a lot of precious stones. Now you can see only naked walls.
You can take a train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu; but there are other sites closer to Cuzco as SacsayhuamÃ¡n, Ollantaytambo and a few more.
I really would love to go back again and I hope I can do it because it is really exciting to be there and breathe the air of the Incas!