The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha, Part 2: Inca Epilogue, Chachapoyas, Rapanui, Aotearoa And Hawaii (cont.)
By Brien Foerster
The chronicler Pedro Ciezo de Leon offers some picturesque notes about the Chachapoyas:
“They are the whitest and most handsome of all the people that I have seen in Indies and their wives were so beautiful that because of their gentleness, many of them deserved to be the Incas' wives and to also be taken to the Sun Temple.”
The main complexes of the Chachapoyas are believed to have been constructed about 800 to 900 A.D. It is thus possible that they are an off-shoot of the Viracochan culture of Tiwanaku, as this is also the time period when environmental pressure caused the priest kings of that civilization to abandon Tiwanaku and become the Inca. Of course, this is complete speculation, but the timelines do fit.
Or were they Europeans? This area of thought I wish to completely steer away from, as many will brand me a racist. The truth is, no one knows, except the Chachapoyas themselves, and they are silent, since they are extinct.
Sarcophagi of the Chachapoyas at Kuelap, Photo from Bing Free Images
The Viracochans according to the oral traditions, after having taught the people the ways of civilization left by sea in the direction of the setting sun, as in west. It is not written as from where they left, but one such candidate spot is very intriguing.
Due west of Tiwanaku, on the Peruvian coast is a seaport called Matarani. This area has had human occupation since before the demise of Tiwanaku. The name itself stands out because it is neither a quechua nor an aymara name, it is Polynesian. Mata means “eyes” and rani is “heaven.” What I find curious is that such a name could imply that the eyes are either looking down from heaven, or looking up. If looking down we could easily stray off into a discussion of sky ancestors or UFO, which I won’t do here, though it is tempting.
If looking up, this could refer to astronomy and celestial navigation, and amongst the finest star navigators in the world were and are the Polynesians. The closest land mass west of Peru is Rapanui, also called Easter Island, and is populated by Polynesian people. The first European to land at Rapanui, which he named Easter island was Jacob Roggeveen. On his expedition of 1722 he gives us our first description of the islanders. They were "of all shades of color, yellow, white and brown" and they distended their ear lobes so greatly with large disks that when they took them out they could "hitch the rim of the lobe over the top of the ear".