Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pagan Rituals of Water Worship in Peru

Fascinating. But not something I ever want to see in the Vatican gardens...or in my parish church. From The Daily Mail:
A 3,000-year-old megalithic 'water cult' temple used for fertility rituals has been discovered in Peru by a team of Peruvian archaeologists. The religious monument is over 131ft long and is located in the springs of the Zaña Valley river about 500miles from Lima, the modern capital of Peru. Inside the temple archaeologists found a square with an alter that was likely used to offer important fertility rituals with water taken from the Zaña Valley river. The megalith structure was found at the Huaca El Toro site in the Lambayeque region of Peru by a team led by Walter Alva, the archaeologist who discovered the tomb of the Lord of Sipan in 1987. The temple still features the remains of large stone blocks and a long staircase. 'This discovery is unique because it is the only megalithic architecture in Lambayeque,' said Dr Alva. The site was discovered in October but the news of its finding was delayed to reduce the risk of treasure hunters taking artefacts that hadn't been secured. (Read more.)

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