We may have a great knowledge about the universe existence but who were the first observers that placed universe on the front line? Join me as I show you, how 3 ancient civilizations, considered the Universe.
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First lets start withThe Inca Empire
The Inca Empire flourished in the Andes Mountains in South America from the 12th to 16th centuries. It contained Ecuador and Colombia, down though Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina, and down through central Chile. So you get that we are talking about a great empire. Some centuries later, The Inca Empire was destroyed by the Spanish conquest but before this happened, the capital’s name was Cusco, today’s Peru, and more than 200 nations used to live all together in harmony.
Their god was “Inti” or in other words our beautiful Sun who made its appearance through the Titicaca lake and gave life to the Universe. Their love and respect for the Sun was so deep, that they considered The Inca emperors to be the Sun’s descendants, and were worshiped as deities.
As we go further, you will understand on a deeper level how much their life was affected by the Sun.
Let’s see the ways they chose to show their love to the Sun.
They built extravagant pillars and temples with great precision so that the sun would pass over the structures or through windows on specific days, like the summer and the winter solstice.
The serpent or Mach’acuay
The constellation Mach’acuay is a wavy dark band located on the Milky Way between Canis Major and the Southern Cross. The serpent is connected to water and the agricultural cycle. The head of the serpent constellation came out in August and is hidden away again in February.
The Toad or Hanp’atu
It symbolizes water and natural springs. The Toad had the significance that his appearance in the night sky coincided with the beginning of the Inca agricultural cycle: when he showed up, it meant that the time to plant the seeds had come, until the end of October.
The Tinamou or Yutu
Located at the base of the Southern Cross, Tinamou is the next dark constellation to emerge as the Milky Way becomes visible in the night sky. Tinamou is related to crop fertility, the rainy season and the time that rainbows appear.
The Llama or Urcuchillay
The llama is perhaps the most important of the constellations to the Incas. Although the llama is a dark constellation, the stars Alpha and Beta Centauri serve as its “eyes” and are the first to emerge when the llama rises in November. The constellation consists of two llamas, a mother, and a baby. Llamas were of great importance to the Incas: they were food, beasts of burden and sacrifices to the gods. These sacrifices often took place at certain times with astronomical significance such as equinoxes and solstices. Llama herders were particularly attentive to the movements of the celestial llama and offered it sacrifices.
The Fox or Atoq
The fox is a small black splotch at the feet of the llama deat*. This constellation has a connection to earthly foxes: the Sun passes through the constellation in December, the time when baby foxes are born.
Now let’s continue to another Empire that also has its own unique story.
The Mayan Empire!
The Mayan tribe was a native of Central America, mainly Mexico, whose first chronological finds date back to 7,500 BC. They were scholars of the stars with a deep sense of sanctity for nature, the planet, and the universe, whose traces were lost with the Spanish conquest. Their famous city was Palenque, which was discovered in 1773.
Last but not least, The Aztecs Empire
This Empire dominated Central America in Mexico in the 14th-16th centuries. It was a dominant culture of the recent post-classical period. The name Atzekos comes from the word "Aztlan" which means white earth. Their origins are linked to the population movements of Toltec refugees and the immigration of the Tsitsimeks who settled around 1000 in the Mexican basin. Their capital was Tenochtitlan which means "Stone that comes out of the water"
Aztecs were concerned about a lack of stability and the potential destruction of the world coming from the sky. According to the legend, they believed that the universe would stop moving at the end of each New Fire of a cycle that lasted 52 years
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