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First report: Inca Gold
In search of the ultimate sacred treasure

By Javier Sierra

In search of Paititi

The Andean myth that Anselm refers to as the "Avalon of the Andes" is that of the "Paititi". The mythical City of Gold, known as Eldorado in other places in South America, and that, as was suggested about the duplicity of Salem-Jerusalem, it also would have a double existence. One, the original and lost, and the other one, a copy by a culture of more recent times.

-El Paititi always was in front of the faces of the Spaniards: It was Cuzco. Although this was not the real Paititi, since the Incas talked about it as if it was an island in which the Apu beings lived, their spirits, or original Gods. The Incas inherited this idea of a sacred place and built an "Outer Paititi" in Cuzco. Finally they built their two most important sun temples there, Sacsayhuaman and the Koricancha; also an image and likeness of the place where their 'Apus' live.

-There is something that I don't understand: what part does Nazca play in this search? It is outside the Andean zone where they still believe in the Apus, in pure desert to the south. It seems to have little to do with the traditions you are talking about.

-You have to take this into account: when a civilization such as the Inca one, has such an important spiritual secret to protect, it will use every kind of subterfuge in order to do so. I believe that Nazca forms part of what they wanted to protect. It is a place that pertains to the very same secret.

-I don't understand.

-Nasca, should not be studied only astronomically, as Maria Reiche and many others after her did. In reality, Nazca is a giant labyrinth and the hermeticism already tells us that 'Avalon' is found at the exact end of the labyrinth. There is the 'island'.

-Then you perceive Nazca to be a type of door?

-It is the door. If you use the hermetic language you won't be confused by this. And, I'll tell you something else: In the labyrinth is where the 'guardians' are. They are there physically, exactly where they were permitted to be in the past, and that is where all of the legends of the labyrinth originated.

-Are they flesh and bone?

-Of course they are. The virtue of this legend is that it refers to a physical and living matter. If it wasn't living, Avalon would not exist. It is something physical, or it doesn't exist at all. For this reason I am compelled to follow the tracks that this tradition has left and to reach it wherever it might be.

Copyright © 2001 Javier Sierra

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