Friday, December 11, 2009

SHARKS WERE REVERED BY THE PRE-INCAS


I am currently on vacation in Peru.

Today we visited the Huaca Pucllana ruins and museum. I found it very interesting that the pre-Incas dating back to 200 A.D. considered sharks a symbol of strength. The strength from the sea. Pottery showing a 2-headed shark was used for cooking and storing food and especially for religious ceremonies.

Although they fished these sharks for food, these great animals were revered. The religious world of the Limas culture was dominated by the sea and it was represented by waves and this 2-headed shark. Fishing for sharks was difficult since it was all done by hand. Actually catching a shark was great proof of your value to the community and that the gods were looking at you favorably. Any part of the shark not eaten (teeth, cartilage) was buried and offered to the gods to thank them for this gift.

Wouldn´t we all benefit from similar thinking regarding sharks?


1 comment:

Wolfgang Leander said...

These old cultures were respectful of nature as they themselves considered humans to be part of nature. We are too alienated from Mother Earth to still feel that we are her children.

I am also travelling in Peru (right now still in Arequipa). Next time we are in Peru we should meet and have a pisco sour together!!!

Cheers,

Wolf