These man-made giant doors in the rock served the ancient settlements either as a place of pilgrimage or as a portal to other worlds.
On the slope of Mount Hayu Marcha, in the south of Peru, a gigantic mysterious ancient opening is carved into the rock. No one knows the true origin of these Aramu Muru gates, but researchers are confident that they can shed light on the long and complex history of ancient Peruvian culture, writes IFL Science .
The “Gate of the Gods” is located near Lake Titicaca, which is the largest freshwater lake in South America. This amazing place became famous in 1996 when a local guide, José Luis Delgado Mamani, stumbled upon it by chance. Since its discovery, Aramu Muru, or the “Gate of the Gods”, has been surrounded by myths and legends about how it was built and what it was used for.
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History shows that for the past 4,000 years, the area around the mountains and Lake Titicaca has been home to several ancient indigenous communities, including the Inca civilization ruled by Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. There is evidence that the Incas believed that the world was born in this huge freshwater lake and that the spirit returned to it after death.
According to some evidence, the “Gate of the Gods” could serve as a place of pilgrimage and worship of the Incas. Allegedly, this ancient opening has supernatural properties. Researchers suggest that these giant gates, measuring 7 by 7 meters, were used for ceremonial or astronomical purposes. In the center of the gate there is a small depression in the shape of a door. Curiously, the locals claim to feel safe and at peace when they rest their foreheads against the smaller indentation on the gate.
At the same time, scientists note that today little is known about the origin of these giant gates. According to one theory, they predate the Incas and were used by a number of other Native American communities that lived there earlier.
However, despite the fact that the gates appeared before the Incas, they got their name Aramu Muru precisely because of their legends. According to legend, fleeing from the Spaniards, an Inca priest named Aramu Muru took the golden sun disk, also known as the “key of the gods of the seven rays”, which was kept in the Qoricancha temple in Cusco. He rode it over 450 kilometers from the temple to the stone gate and placed the disc on the door. The “Gate of the Gods” worked like a portal, the doorway allegedly opened, and the priest passed through it.
However, the researchers do not believe in legends, but note that the “Gate of the Gods” is also a harsh reminder of the despair that the Inca civilization experienced when their lands were plundered by the Spanish conquistadors, smallpox hit the local settlements, and the Inca empire eventually fell in 1592 year.