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Incas Burial Chambers, Sillustani

Inca's Burial Chambers, Sillustani

Sillustani is a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Titicaca near Puno. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, are the vestiges of the Colla people, Aymara who were conquered by the Inca in the 1400s. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility. Many of the tombs have been dynamited by grave robbers, while others were left unfinished. Ancestor worship and kinship were integral parts of Aymara culture, and the chullpas were built to emphasize the connection between life and death. The insides of the tombs were shaped like a woman's uterus, and corpses were mummified in a fetal position to recreate their birth. Some of the tombs also have lizards carved into the stone. Because they could regrow their tails, lizards were considered a symbol of life. The only openings to the buildings face east, where it was believed the Sun was reborn by Mother Earth each day.

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Eldar Kadymov19-Aug-2007 14:13
Amigo, you might've been a bit confused with location, it is South America...
Michael Weinberg18-Aug-2007 04:45
Of course, you know Eldar, o evil one, that the EAST is where its all at (and all dat). It is where the sun rises and brings on the light of day.... the light we photographers use to get such shots as this. Holy smokes, I expect smoke to wrathfully plume from these ancient smoke stacks.... it is no wonder why early religious fanatics from all religions looked towards the east.... the east is all dat! Michael.
dan dunn02-Jul-2007 15:52
Great shot Eldar-the whole gallery is fine!
Dmitry Zamorin07-Jun-2007 18:59
That is what i'm talking about
Eldar Kadymov07-Jun-2007 18:42
Something comes to mind, but not entirely... So many years on the dark side of the moon damage memory, and it's unrecoverable, LOL !
Dmitry Zamorin07-Jun-2007 18:39
Do you remember classical soviet film "Kin-Dza-Dza", Eldar?
These are the remainders of "pepelatz", i think!