There is an otherworldly collection of sheet-gold masks, in The National Museum in Quito, Ecuador, representing the Andean sun god Inti. Most of the Inti masks were crafted by the La Tolita culture, where zig-zag rays of golden light burst from the face, some ending in tiny stylized human figures, animals and insects. This culture is believed to have existed between 300 BC and 400 AD, extending along the coast from the Esmeralda area of Ecuador to the Tumaco Region in Colombia.
Andean Cosmovision And The Codes Of Creation
Inti was the Son of The Creator, the giver of life, and the ancestor of kings. When Inti is portrayed in Incan art, he is normally depicted as a gold statue, a sun disk, or a gold mask. Gold was considered as the sweat of the sun, and so associated with this god.
Apparently, a sun-burst Inti mask was discovered 2000 miles south in Cusco and hundreds of professors of archeology have been studying these artifacts for decades. But, when they were interpreted from the view point of a priest, the otherwise data-less, aesthetically pleasing artifacts become multi-interpretational repositories of lost ancestral knowledge. The geometries and iconographies are the Inca’s secrets of creation.
Western cosmology is believed to be where one perceives the universe as consisting of isolated objects, and consciousness is centered upon, and limited to, our own being. Andean Cosmovision describes how ancient Andean people spiritualized and ritualized the concepts of space and time. Apparently it was mystical and everything in the universe was perceived to be living filament of energy within an interconnected three-dimensional matrix.
Nodes And Filaments
They believed where filaments collided, nodes were formed and the most important collection of nodes for them was the Pachamama – the cosmic mother— planet earth. The order of these filaments was in three dimensional space-time or spatiotemporal level, known as Pachas. Kay Pacha, represented with a Puma, was the perceivable world of here and now.
Hanan Pacha – The upper world of the sky, planets, suns, moons and stars and gods and was represented by a condor
Pacha Uku – The lower/inner world represented by serpent was associated with death and new life
An even deeper mystical concept called Urin Hanan corresponded to to duality, polarity and complementarity, applying to the basic concepts of Urin (lower) and Hanan (upper). A double duality from these two dimensions corresponded to the four seasons, four directions and four grandparents, represented by the sun, moon, land and water. This is why, Andean cosmology’s entirety reflects in the four stars of the constellation of the Southern Cross and in the four divisions of Cusco and the Inca empire, and in the four sacred roads leading to the Temple of the Sun in Cusco.
Spiritualized Agriculture Of The Inca Empire
The snowy mountain peaks ( Apus), regarded as powerful male entities were worshiped as the phallic creators of life-bringing rivers while rounded hills receiving the rivers were providers of female energy and known as Willkas. Cuzco, the centre of Inca empire housed rulers and thousands of priests who operated from the Qorikancha. It was the most sacred building of the empire and as regarded as the naval of the Earth. The House of the Sun was the ruler Pachacuti’s spiritual control center, offering a broadband connection with several gods.
source:ancient-origins/ originally written by Ashley Cowie