– Bolivian legends that go back some 5,000 years say about the destruction of civilization in far-off times as the result of a conflict with a mysterious, unknown race “whose blood was not red like ours”.
The American Apache Indians tell stories of tunnels between their lands and the city of Tiahuanaco, and claim that their ancestors traveled for years by this route.
It is said that a vast subterranean network exists in the Andes. This would mean that the most sophisticated engineering skills were responsible for this unbelievable construction and the early inhabitants of South America did not lack them.“Some thirty thousands years ago a highly developed civilization – utterly different from our own – was flourishing in the Andes, at 12,000 or 14,000 feet above the present level of the Pacific Ocean.
At that period the sea there reached that height, and the Tiahuanaco civilization was on a seashore. The air was at a density normal for human beings, whereas now it is thin and nearly unbreathable…” (Saurat Denis, “L’Atlantide et le règne des géants” (“Atlantis and The Kingdom Of Giants”)
Tiahuanaco is one of the greatest puzzles of South America. It is situated on the southeastern shores of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Very little is known about the mythical pre-Incan society of Tiahuanaco and certainly no one knows its origin.
Not even the oldest living Indian was able to tell of Tiahuanaco’s story to the Spaniards who came in 1549.
Whoever these advanced beings were, they certainly were not – in any way – related to the Indians. The statues of Tiahuanaco depict bearded men, “strangers” to the region.
The age of Tiahuanaco is still a subject of debate. Many archaeologists say the ancient city is about 3000 years old, but there are those who thin the entire site is much older.
Some of the first explorers believed that Tiahuanaco was only a thousand of years old, but the old records have support from many explorers who assigned Tiahuanaco to an antiquity of several millennia.The city was not a mountain metropolis but rather a well-equipped harbor town. Gigantic stone structures, sculptures and reliefs carved out with a great precision testify to the skills of their builders. The society that built the entire Tiahuanaco area had advanced technical abilities.
According to the legends and myths of Incas, the statues at Tiahuanaco represented a prehistoric race of giants who lived long before the appearance of the Inca kings.
Akapana building, one of the three important temple sites, was a huge truncated pyramid, 167 feet high, with a base 496 by 650 feet. Its sides were perfectly adjusted with the cardinal points of the compass, like other great structures for example the Great Pyramid of Giza.The megalithic stonework of Tiahuanaco is still impressive even as ruins and these ruins were very ancient even at the time of the Conquest.
Today, only a few ruins are left but the remains of the reservoir system are clearly visible. They still demonstrate high precision evidence of complicated cut stone conduits and overflow pipes.
The latter were found throughout the Tiahuanaco complex, which would suggest that the whole city had a complete drainage and the proper water flow. Their inhabitants were familiar with bronze, metallurgy and other techniques.
Once, Lake Titicaca was bigger and its waves washed the steps leading to the entrance of a enormous palace but today the lake is about two hundred kilometers long.Nothing is like it was before, in the very distant past.
According to the Aymaras, a true Tiahuanaco was built by the masters of sound levitation, a technique brought to the Andes by Viracocha, a white and bearded God…Tiahuanaco culture does not have their roots in the Andes. How old is the city’s name? It is just as big puzzle as Tiahuanaco’s stone statues.
Tiahuanaco: “Guanaco place”, “Originated from a creator”, “Light God” are only a few often mentioned names.
No one can even say with certainty if the term “Tiahuanaco” is of Aymara-, Colla- or Quechua origin. When the fourth Inca, Mayta Capac witnessed the place around Titicaca Lake for the first time, he too saw only the ruins.He ordered to build a town on the ruins and forget the past: “Before us nothing worth to mention… happened here”.
Who built this mysterious city and when? Local Indians told about a time of darkness “when sun was not even there…”
All structures are predating the ancient Incas by an unknown period of time and they remember Tiahuanaco only as a majestic assemblage of ruins and so, the identity of Tiahuanaco builders remains unknown.