Thursday, December 10, 2009

Machu Picchu: A Pilgrimage

The “Lost City of the Incas” is now being suggested as not actually a city. Machu Picchu, the city that sits atop a giant mountain, is now being researched as a pilgrimage site instead of a settling city. It is said that the city was used for the inhabitants to make their spiritual pilgrimages to find their souls and gain a closer relationship to God. This place had a very important sanctuary which possessed a rock which was claimed to be the “Birthplace of the Sun”. Although this myth has never been proven, it is said that the people come to the city to cleanse the mind and gain spirituality.

Machu Picchu is perched at more than 8,000 feet into the clouds and is definitely very hard to get to. It is believed to be a place of pilgrimage because of its geographical location and challenges in the journey to arrive there. This historical suggestion poses many more question that still have not yet been answered

Erin Davis

Period 7

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