La civilizacion perdida de Tiwanaku


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April 7th 2009
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Jose, Ceci and I took a tour to Tiwanaku Bolivia’s most significant arquelogicla site. Not much is known about the people who lived here and builded this great ceremonial place, but it’s belived that Tiwanaku rose in about 600BC and disappeared about 1200AC, with different theories, one of them being that the Inca came and took the land as there has been found evidence of its influence. There are a number of megaliths strewn around the site, including a ruined pyramid which is still being excavated as it hs been covered by sand and mud for hundreds of years, and the remains of a ritual platform. Our guide took us first to the museum and gave us lots of information about this pre-inca civilization, the most bizarre one was the deformed skulls we saw (they looked like aliens skulls). He told us that it was custom for this civilization to separate the intelligent kids from the rest when they were around 3 years old and put a piece of wood on their heads hold by some strings to make their skulls grow longer to differenciate the wise people from the commons. I still think they were people from out of space (shame I could not take any photos to show you).
Then it was time to get a minivan to Copacabana in Lake Titicaca.

Al dia siguiente Jose, Ceci y yo nos fuimos en tour a visitar Tiwanaku, el mas importante lugar arqueologico de Bolivia. No se sabe mucho acerca de la gente que aqui vivio y que construyeron este gran lugar de ceremonias, pero se cree que los Tiwanaku aparecieron sobre el ano 600AC y desaparecieron sobre el 1200DC, y hay varias teorias acerca de su desaparicion, una de ellas siendo que los Incas vinieron y se apropiaron de las tierras, ya que se han encontrado evidencias de su influencia. Hay varios megaliticos repartidos por el area incluyendo una gran piramide en ruinas que todavia hoy estan excavando ya que ha estado cubierta de arena y barro por cientos de anos, y los restos de una plataforma para rituales. Nuestro guia nos llevo primero al museo y nos dio un monton de informacion acerca de esta civilizacion pre-inca, y los mas extrano que vi fue unas calaberas deformadas que parecian cabezas de aliens. Nos conto que era costumbre en esta civilizacion separar a los ninos inteligentes del resto cuando tenian 3 anos y les ponian unas piezas de madera en la cabeza atados con unas cuerdas para que asi la cabeza les creciera a lo largo para diferenciarlos de la gente comun. Yo pienso que venian del espacio (una pena que no pudiera sacar ninguna foto para poder ensenaroslo).
Y de ahi Jose, Ceci y yo nos cojimos una minivan hacia Copacabana en el Lago Titicaca.



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