Ancient Andean Cultures

Tales of Transformation at Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar, high in the Andes Mountains of northern Peru, was the seat of an important religious power and cult that flourished for hundreds of years, beginning about 3,000 years ago.  Shamanic beliefs and practices apparently played a central role in this religion, with some individuals using hallucinogenic drugs to reach altered states of consciousness for interactions with the spirit world. Exotic and somewhat sinister art forms, recognized as an essential part of the religion, depict these transformations.

By |2020-03-18T19:26:27-07:00March 18th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|4 Comments

Water and Power at Chavín de Huántar

Machu Picchu, the city built by the Incas on a steep mountain ridge, is a tremendous engineering achievement – and only one of many impressive constructions by the ancient Andeans. Among these is Chavín de Huántar in northern Peru, with a sprawling temple complex that was once the center of a powerful cult and an important pilgrimage site.

By |2020-03-04T20:25:58-07:00March 4th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|0 Comments
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