Winter Solstice, Peru, Machu Picchu

The Incans in Peru celebrated the return of the sun in their practice, "tying of the sun". The Spanish Conquistadores never found Machu Picchu, and so Machu Picchu remains the only extant example of this early Incan practice of using the large stone column, the Intihuatana, to tie the post to the sun, to prevent the sun from escaping.
Priests also sacrificed llamas and virgins at Machu Picchu.

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Comment by Daniel W on May 26, 2013 at 8:52am

This picture is so beautiful.  I could do without the virgin sacrifices.....  but most religions seem to persecute and kill in one way or another.  Aztecs and Mayans too, I think.  

I read somewhere that Native American human sacrifices were less people killed for religion than the witch and heretic burnings in  Europe, let alone the Inquistion.  Same effect, different explanations.

But the image, and the history, are so amazing.  I would love to could visit there.  Can I add this image to the comment wall on the Getting Religion group?


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