Blog author at Machu Picchu. One cannot take a bad picture of this site. It is surreal.
March 30 “It would take 4 days to walk the length of the local Inca Empire. It is roughly 150 miles in length. They had runners, who like the Pony Express, carried news across the empire.
We handed out many tracts today, including to our Machu Picchu tour guide, and to a lady named Christy from Austria. We also shared the Gospel.
Today we toured Machu Picchu. It is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Words cannot describe it. Machu Picchu means “old mountain.” The Inca Empire lasted from 1200 AD to 1500 AD, when the Conquistadors came upon the scene and conquered them. The site included agriculture, urban area, temples, archaeo-astronomy, a large two story store house, regular homes, a royal house, a guard house, several sacrificial sites, and many other buildings. We learned countless details about the location. There is one main gate where everyone walks into the city. One can see the Inca Trail coming down to the city. There is a wide path that separates the urban from the agricultural areas of the city. The Inca Trail goes 150 miles from Machu Picchu to Cusco.
Special Notes on Machu Picchu:
There are several solar, lunar and stellar sites. One announces summer (June 21) and another announces winter (December 21). Yet another serves as a calendar.
Storage rooms are two stories.
There are over 200 homes, hence 800 inhabitants.
The gold and silver present indicate this is a royal retreat.
There are sacrificial altars everywhere for animals. Our guide sidestepped whether they were for humans as well. The guides gave a sanitized version, because the Incas did indeed sacrifice people. They were sacrificed to the sun, moon, mountain, agricultural, rain gods, etc., etc. They would kidnap children from nearby lands and offer them in pairs (boy, girl).
There are many temples as well. For instance, the temple of the three windows represents the lower, middle (present), and future- serpent, puma, condor. The puma is now. This false trilogy is replete in their religion.
Indentations in the walls are for storage.
Protruding or extended upper walls and other niches are for affixing roofs.
There are several models of Machu Picchu all over the premises. They carved the rock model to the dimensions. They worship their land and the sun.
Incas buried their dead in the fetal position, believing that death was a new beginning and new life.
Royalty are buried in special buildings, whereas the common man was buried in tombs in the side of the mountains.
The Spanish never got to Machu Picchu because it was on the fringe of the empire, far removed from Cusco. The Incas abandoned it so the Conquistadors were unable to find it.
The bull was used to symbolize the Spanish during the time of the Incas. It now adorns the roofs of homes as a good luck charm (amulet).
There are water drainage systems throughout Machu Picchu. There are water supply systems as well. They are all beautifully hidden from view. They are similar to Roman Aqueducts.
The doors have stones in place that are similar but not exactly the same as the Roman arch. There is a stone at the top- a capstone or keystone.
Cusco is 10,800- 11,000 feet high. That comes to two miles above sea level.
People near Cusco still practice the Inca religion.
Summary- Why highlight the archaeology, religion, culture and history of a pagan people such as the Incas? Because it reveals ancient man in microcosm. It displays the beliefs of the ancients that are not far removed from those of unbelievers in the beginning of human history (Genesis 1-11). It shows that archaeo-astronomy exists in all ancient cultures and can be found everywhere in the world and not just at Stonehenge. Here are four great common denominators that are found in EVERY ancient culture of the world:
1)The global flood story is in the historical annals of 270 ancient civilizations.
2)Pyramids, including but not limited to archaeo-astronomy.
4)Giants. A recent news splash has highlighted the Peruvian giants. The ancient stories of fallen demonic men and giants are found throughout the world. (Genesis 6).”
The remaining entries on Peru 2014 will detail the most important part of our trip- on mission for Jesus Christ and sharing the Gospel.