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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas

Chapter 38

Intihuatana

 

No single construct at Machu Picchu gets more attention than the Intihuatana.
Also nicknamed, "The Hitchingpost to the Sun," it stands at the highest
constructed point at the top of constructed stone stairs, walls, and "living rock."
 
 
You can see how the stone is built into rock formation, termed "living rock,"
with attention to detail that has survived many centuries.
 
 
Almost at the top, Willow stops to show us what appears to be another
group of carved stones mimicking the mountains facing him.
 
 
 Twice this architectural antiquity has been damaged  in recent years.
I was told by a guide that a Spanish prince arrived here by helicopter,
which hit the Intihuatana and broke it.  
 
 
 Another story has it that it was damaged during the filming of  
a beer commercial.   One or both of these stories is
 true.  It was carefully repaired, but you can see the repair line.
 
 
 
 
The Intihuatana is significant for many reasons.  The Inca worshiped  the
sun, moon, stars and earth.  A monument such as this, also called the
"Hitchingpost to the Sun,"
was present in many places all over Inca territory.  Unfortunately, every
other one of them was destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors, and
as noted before, this site was never found and ravaged by them.
 
This Intihuatana has been shown to indicate the date of the spring
and autumn Equinox.  On March 21 and September 21 at noon,
the sun is directly above the stone, casting no shadow.
The Inca held ceremonies at this time, when the sun was "closest"
to the earth - hitched to the earth.
 
 
Many people believe that by touching this stone, one may be
energized by it's spirit.  Visitors are not supposed to touch it anymore.
Dr. Bruce Field has his hand out to "feel" the emanations off of
 the Intihuatana.   I don't know if he did.  I didn't.
 

 

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