We recently visited the pyramids of Cahuachi. The site is situated in the middle of the desert, a couple of miles from Nazca’s city center. The site has been partly excavated, but a large part of the pyramids remain unexplored and hidden beneath the sand today because of a lack of funding from the Peruvian government. The site has been spared from massive tourism, as the majority of the tourists settle for a flight over the famous Nazca lines. And yet, Cahuachi is one of the crown jewels of Nazca.
During the last decennia several scientists explored and documented the place and tried to discover the function of the pyramid and the reason for the disappearance of the culture that built it. However, I have some issues with the majority of the official hypotheses the historians advance. Allow me to explain further in this article why I feel this way.
It’s essential to understand that what we call “scientifically proven” actually refers in the majority of cases to a certain version of the facts, a hypothesis, that is generally or largely accepted (not proven) by the majority of the scientific community. Since I connect to the different places we visit, I realise that often many of these hypotheses are light years away from what actually happened in that place.
The problem with a lot of scientists is not that they have bad intentions or that they are not intelligent, but that they are disconnected from themselves and so they are not capable of establishing a connection with their subjects either, nor put themselves at their place. Their version of the facts will always be based upon theories that other people before them came up with, because they are unable to detach from what they learned and to broaden their vision. They lack imagination and they are unable to look beyond what they already know (there are exceptions, open-minded historians do exist.)
I’ll share the information we received at this wonderful place. Not so you can just accept our version of the facts, but to show you with some examples why you shouldn’t just accept history as it’s being told by historians. Scientific theories are just ideas that sprung from the mind of one person and that were picked up by other people afterwards. With this article we would like to encourage you to search for the truth like a true free-thinker and to stop blindly accepting what other people tell you. Everything you need, to discover the true history of humankind and to separate true from false, is your connection to yourself. Everyone is capable of connecting to a place and feel, know and see what happened in this place. Let’s use our common sense and question what is generally accepted as truth today.
How do we proceed?
A word of explanation about how we proceed once we get to a place and we want to tap into its history. We don’t research the place in advance or document ourselves. Not because this doesn’t interest us, but because we prefer not to be influenced and we prefer to let the memories of the place express themselves first. Once we’ve arrived, we never take a guide, for the same reason, but also because to be able to connect to a place, you need peace and quiet and you can’t find this in a group with other tourists and a guide that talks all the time.
Next, we make the connection to the place and we see what flows from that connection: the visual impressions, the feeling we get from the place, how are bodies react when we’re there and the messages we receive from this place. Sometimes we ask questions if we want to know something specific. After the visit and once the connection has been established, we compare the info we received with the historical data we can find.
The connection with Cahuachi
Once we established a connection with the pyramid, we received the following images: a wealthy, prosperous town surrounded by fertile and abundantly green terrain, people of all ages in good health walking through the streets, lots of activity and commerce and a lot of silver and minerals that circulated in the town. And also a lot of water: canals, wells and even a lake. I saw and felt peaceful people, happy people. A place of abundance. And then, the vision erased itself with a big red current, all we could see was red, blood red…..
And then the memories of the place started to speak :
« Those who were promised to live here were facing a heavy duty: the best craftsmen, like the best stone masons, came here and they gave a lot to this place. The women were in charge of water and they had children that helped them with their different tasks. This was already a “modern” competitive society. Everyone had to perform at 100% and be the best, if not you would not stay here. You had to give yourself completely.
There was a lot of creativity, a lot of creative people living here, but they too had to perform. They were allowed to freely express their creativity, but they had to be 100% focussed and they had to finish every creation. The most delicate pottery, the finest weaves and the most elaborate jewellery was produced here. (Officially, Cahuachi is considered to be a necropolis and ceremonial centre and not as a town. Archeologists found the remains of very rich and elaborate pottery and textiles, which proves to them that this was a strictly ceremonial place. The pottery being used as sacrifices to the gods and the textiles to make the preachers’ dresses.)
«The residents knew of the energy that is present here. If you had accomplished all your duties in life and you reached old age, then you would be allowed to stay here and your energy would be recharged by the place. There was no age for this “retirement”, it would just happen when your time had come. All the soil around was green. There were birds and other animals. There was water. There still is water, but now you’d have to dig, you’d have to dig deep today to find it. The people don’t have the courage to do this anymore. They dug up this structure that went through some dark hours, certainly, but it would like to relive today.”
Our question: The archeologists found many skeletons and severed heads here, who did they belong to and why were they killed?
There have been, in other times, civilisations that sought to destroy this place. There was a concentration of power and money. These warriors came and killed, pillaged, raped and cut the throats of women and children. All the water that flowed turned red with their blood. They cut the heads on the main square. No-one escaped, it was a true massacre and this strong and powerful place has been abandoned ever since.
That day it was very hot, scorching hot with the sun burning high, and yet, it was a very dark day. In a couple of hours a whole village, all these people that did their best, that gave their lives to be here, died, killed by this civilisation of warriors. These warriors never took possession of the place, they could have preserved what was already there, but they wanted to destroy the place above all to show their superiority. So-called superiority.
This civilisation differentiated themselves from others, they wanted to escape the Inca dictate, but the others didn’t agree with them. They didn’t have the same laws, the same customs, the same god. They didn’t recognise the Inca as their master. They didn’t have an army. They just wanted to do the best they could. Yes, there was competition, but the people seemed happy and fulfilled here. It’s not at all comparable to what is going on in your current societies. Every person was responsible for his own pressure, for everyone wished to do their best. Almost everything that was made here, all the creations, were pillaged, taken away. Only the bodies stayed behind. All the soil surrounding this site became desert soil, life did not reappear, or very little. This is one of those places that deserves to be revived. This will depend on many things now.”
The official story and my objections
The official story : The large quantity of skeletons and skulls (separated from the bodies) in the soil of Cahuachi and the area around it explains that Cahuachi was a necropolis. All these people were sacrificed to the gods, because Cahauchi was a religious centre. In the beginning the historians maintained that the victims of the ritual sacrifice were enemies of the Cahuachi civilisation, prisoners that were killed. Later on they discovered, after testing the skeletons, that the beheaded bodies and the bodies that were buried in traditional fashion (in a foetal position inside a woven basket with some objects like pottery and textiles) belonged to the same people. Apart from the human sacrifices, they also found animal bones, like lamas, which shows that they also sacrificed animals from time to time.
The pottery is part of the proof that this civilisation was in the habit of cutting the heads of people because many vases show images of beheaded people.
Yes but: I’m not saying that there aren’t any people that sacrificed human beings to please the gods, but this civilisation is not part of that. Perform ritual sacrifice to please the gods, OK, but decimate your entire population and in doing so endanger the survival of this population? That just doesn’t make any sense…
If there are many people buried at this site, it’s just because those people lived here. And about the animals: they ate them.
Civilisations that used to perform ritual sacrifice on their own population, had a great respect for the individuals that gave up their lives to the gods. They were seen as chosen people, honourable members of the society and they could count on a burial with a lot of ceremony, an honourable affair to pay tribute to the courageous souls that sacrificed themselves.
What happened at Cahuachi was anything but an honourable affair. A great number of the skulls were found with holes drilled in them and a rope through the skull, as if the heads were suspended and showcased after death…(see picture above) I don’t think this a very respectful way to treat a member of your community. The decapitation and suspension of heads would be more consistent with warfare tactics, trying to scare any survivors and attempting to deter other populations of going against the warrior tribe, conveniently stealing the soul and life force of the dead in the process. (as the Tiwanaku civilisation used to do)
And then, there is the way the bodies were buried… Many skeletons were found with the heads missing. Now, a civilisation that buried its dead in foetal position because they saw death as a new beginning would never think of burying their dead without their head. The proof of this is that many of these skeletons that are missing their head has been buried with a “head vase”, a vase that is decorated with a painted head and a tree of life sprouting from the head. All this to replace the head that they were undoubtedly unable to find. This means the head was important enough to find a replacement!
Regarding the pottery that shows beheaded individuals: in ancient civilisations pottery was a way to keep track of what happened in a particular society, they showed everyday life. If a population would be decimated, the survivors or the neighbouring civilisations would be sure to mention it, because it would surely have left an impression. The vases show soldiers, warriors and demons that cut the heads of the people, not preachers. (in the official story the preachers would dress up as soldiers before cutting of the heads of their victims…) The presence of demons shows that these practices were seen as something bad.
The official story : The reason for the decline of Cahuachi civilisation was a change in climate and the resulting drought. They went out of water and the living conditions became too difficult.
Yes but: This hypothesis is highly unlikely… The people that were able to extract water from impressive depths and that invented the most advanced system of aqueducts in the world, that is still in use to this date in Nazca, would have died of thirst… Not very plausible.
It’s true that Cahuachi is surrounded by desert today, but a couple of hundred metres from there, there is a very fertile valley, where many different crops are cultivated, which shows that there is water in the ground. They would have preferred to die, rather than walk a small distance?
And there is the presence of Huarango trees that grow in the vicinity of the place: the Huarango is a sacred tree that grows very old (the specimens near Cahauchi are between 500-1000 years old) and they have very long roots that tap into the aquifer.
The end of Cahuachi civilisation was probably towards the end of Nazca 4 (450 AD) when the pottery started to show demons that came to cut the heads of the people.
Some additional pictures