Catholic cemetery keeps a… pantheistic shrine?
Photos by Alesban
Cambia a español.
– “Cachirís Mount is straight there and Pilán
Mount is mostly on the right,” Sapillica [pronounce
“Sapijicah”] District Municipality’s Alesban López
points me out, whom I am riding a motorcycle again , on our way to
Tunal, 37 km away the southwest of the district capital. A
local told him there are rocks “pretty identical” to
those he featured on his Facebook
have to go down from Sapillica town until Timbes [pronounce
“Timbehs”], then climbing up until 1617 meters altitude
according to the GPS (global
device the crew carries within.
hour 20 minutes, at least on motorcycle, by the west flank of Andean
Western Range, viewing the coast along the full trail.
Tunal, we are on the spine of the mountain, the rocks are so little
(1,5 meters by si, approximately) those just could carve one
petroglyph per each one of them, and meteorization has gotten that
even one of the rocks had broken interrupting a 6-round spiral
spinning in counterclockwise sense. We
named that rock in particular as Tunal 2.
is located in one of the Catholic town cemetery’s sides where
the oldest cross is 1941, until the crew could verify.
is another one in the center of the cemetery we named Tunal 3, which
carving is better kept and it has resulted intriguing because it
seems a meander repeating simetrically aside.
far, it looks like a human shape abstraction, but it’s just an
impression. Did the ancient artist really wanted to represent that?
1, located about 200 meters away the cemetery, is on a mountain
corner, where we can see Cachirís Mount (3360 meters
altitude?) in front, Frías
District, the highest point of Andean Western Range in Piura
state, and enigmatic Pilán Mount, also Frías Distritct,
where a strong UFO activity had happened last mid-October, according
to locals’ reports.
1 looks at the sky, like most of petroglyphs in Samanga,
where it is supposed the graphic style was created.
three petroglyphs seem not to fit to nearby water current pattern
(Sáncor River is still so far of here), but it is affirmed
Tunal 1 is used as a lookout even today. Actually, the whole flat
where Chulucanas and Tambogrande cities are settled is visible from
here. This is the limit of Upper and Middle Piura Valleys and this is
an observation that Alesban López stresses.
is already another basin – Piura’s,” he says
Petroglyphs are in Upper Chipillico River, just in Chira Basin. Is
this fact relevant?
in Sapillica, the East-west path the petroglyphs should follow seems
not to accomplish, but in all case something could look like a grapes
cluster that, according to Archeologist Daniel
could fit much to seq’es
or virtual lines linking several sacred sites.
who joined this exploration crew assures there are more places in the
rest of 70 villages in Sapillica District. The research has just
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