Machu Picchu, city made with pride
Machu Picchu, city made with pride.
It’s been a whole entire day at Machu Picchu. Let others run through it. In respect to those that built it and those that have made it what it is today and to those that maintain maybe it deserves a more thoughtful approach. Walk through it, sit amongst it, let it wash over you while the light changes. Try to block out the crowds, find a quiet place to sit, cherish its magnificence. Who built this place? Do we even know the real story? It’s survived centuries of erosion, yearly torrential rains, seismic activity and the thousands of ant tourists that have crawled over it for decades. It’s the city that hasn’t fallen but survived. Constructed around and with nature, carved into a hostile landscape, is that a profile I see in the distance? If the center of agricultural experiments at Moray and Salinas de Maras show patience and love for nature then Machu Picchu is the best example of that and of a world where everything made sense, had order and was respected.
The road winds up the hill and is constructed in a way that you hardly notice, it is so harmonious with the environment that it is not seen from outside. Sacred plants, sacred sites built to honor Mother Earth not confront her. The Puerta del Sol facing east, towards the exact point where the sun rises each December 21st is shaped like open arms to receive Pacha Mama. Man made to receive the sun’s rays. Everything done and built with respect to patient observations made over lifetimes. As the sun slowly lights each day we can only rejoice, celebrate and offer love to Mother Earth who basks in the Sun’s live giving rays. If you must worship something is the Sun not the most worthy to receive your prayers? It is only El Sol and what He produces for you that sustains you.
In the young peak or Huayna Picchu lies the same work which the stone carvers used throughout the Inca Empire. What is a place of recreation, competition or the ultimate homage to his divine majesty the Sapa Inca? The Temple of the Moon is nestled up there and there is no denying the sacrifice taken to construct such an awesome super human spectacle.
We are infinitely superior to you is the message they were sending. Through our work, dedication, skills and vision we are of a different nature and we show it in many ways. You live in fear of tectonic faults and we built Machu Picchu between two and we are still here. We have placed a stone in the shape of the Southern Cross Constellation, pointing exactly to the four cardinal points which guides us better than any compass. We have placed the Intihuatana at the exact point where the lines connecting the four largest hills intersect. We have not confronted nature and disrespected Her but built to honor her. We benefitted from her fruits by honoring her and built along with her to show off Her glory. We are Her beloved children because of what we do, not like you on your way to self-destruction. Our ceremonies, architecture, dance, engineering feats, our just laws and civilization are all in honor of Mother Earth and culminate in our prize work: The Temple of the Sun. Still here and without a scratch. Inside there is a stone with a line that divides June 21’s sun shade in two equal parts. We won’t tell you how we did it, it is not for everyone to know. You who have rebelled against the Mother are not entitled to know everything. Pachacutec built his house with earthquake resistant rectangular blocks. He made his windows in trapezoidal shapes for the same reason so your house will fall and his would not. His way was to put all in order.