In July 2015, my spouce and I had been crammed right into a minivan that is stuffy 12 others, climbing away from Lima’s seaside mist in to the sun-filled hills tens and thousands of foot above. After hours of dust clouds and hairpin that is dizzying, our location showed up below—the remote Andean town of San Juan de Collata, Peru. It absolutely was a scattering of adobe homes without any water that is running no sewage, and electricity for only a few houses. The number of hundred inhabitants of the community talk a type of Spanish greatly affected by their ancestors’ Quechua. Coming to the town felt like stepping into another globe.
My spouce and I invested our very first few hours in Collata making formal presentations towards the town officers, requesting authorization to review two uncommon and valuable items that the city has guarded for centuries—bunches of twisted and colored cords called khipus. After supper, the guy in charge of the city treasures, a middle-aged herder called Huber Braсes Mateo, brought more than a colonial chest containing the khipus, along with goat-hide packets of seventeenth- and 18th-century manuscripts—the key patrimony of this town. We’d the tremendous honor to be the very first outsiders ever permitted to see them.
Within the next couple times, we might discover that these multicolored khipus, all of which can be simply over 2 legs very long, were narrative epistles developed by regional chiefs during an occasion of war into the eighteenth century. Continue reading “Unraveling an old Code printed In Strings-Andean countries create a mystical”