Under the Condor wing
Under the wings of the Condor, which protected our souls and guide our steps, we drawn ourselves in the time and the history of the Indian cultures that inhabited that strip of desert land that is the Peruvian coastline. Without Jorge Santos, whose life had moved him to Lima.
A long long time ago, a lot before the Inca Culture, the Moche culture flourished in the arid area of the North coastline of Peru. Although they haven´t developed a political unity between the civilizational groups, they had a strong culture link. They didn´t have a proper writing and so, iconographic representation in handycraft, ceramics, jewelry were the means of telling to the future, their story, their believes, their way of life. The common architecture were based in their temples (Huaca) and pyramids, usually in adobe, being the Sun and the Moon temples (in Trujillo) the best examples of their creativity. Taken by the sound of Simon & Garfunkel (el Condor Pasa), me and Luis drawn ourselves into the deep hearth of Moche culture, learning how they lived and how they disappeared, in a sequence of 30 years of el Niños that generated 30 years of overflow in the coast line, followed by 30 years of dryness and more 30 years of civil war arising from the precarious conditions. With their houses and farms destroyed, people stop believing in Gods, doubt their human sacrifices and rejected their social stratification.
It is terrifying to think how close it is of the world we are living in.
The Moche culture had disappeared around 800 AC, but left the seeds for the further Chimú civilization (Xth Century), who were also very skilled in ceramics jewelry and metallurgy. But their main achievement was as architects and urbanists, being actually considered the best of the old Peru. And once again, we transported ourselves with the time and got inside the greatest adobe city of the world, 15 km2 where 100.000 inhabitants lived together in the past. Always protected by the Condor wings that followed all our steps in this historic promenade, ensuring us a safe journey . This time with “Cariñito" (Los Hijos del Sol).
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