In the arid moonscape of southern Peru, about 200 miles south of Lima, lies one of the world’s most enigmatic mysteries. Enormous lines, shapes and geoglyphs have been etched in the red desert soil with a precision and artistry that defies the ancient people who created them. These hundreds of geometric figures and designs – some 30 miles long – were created between 200 BC and 600 AD have been preserved throughout the centuries due to the unique climate of the area, with little wind, rain, erosion or vegetation to obscure them over time. They are best seen from the air, and were only rediscovered in 1939 after the advent of flight. So how exactly did the ancient Nazca Indians create them? More importantly, why? What purpose did they serve? No one really knows for sure, but the theories include suspicions of alien intervention! Check out this short video and be amazed.
There are plenty of theories about the mysterious Nazca Lines
Some of the fantastic shapes include a hummingbird, monkey, dog, spider and even a killer whale. The creation of these ancient geoglyphs took hundreds of years and required a communal effort of many people working together on the project. It obviously had great importance to the culture of the time. Today, archeologists, ethnologists and tourist alike are fascinated with these enigmatic etchings on the pampas canvass.
Here are some of the popular theories out there:
- Maybe they were artistic irrigation ditches, or a map to underground water supplies
- There may be a religious significance
- Perhaps they were created as a giant astronomical calendar
- Some think they were fertility symbols
- Could they be markings of old recreational racetracks?
- Or were they landing strips for alien visitors?
Being a dry desert climate, water systems would be a top survival concern for the people in the area.
Some think they were created to please the gods in the sky, or as sacred paths for rituals and ceremonies.
There is some cosmological and solstice significance to the shapes and alignments which points to an astrological understanding by those who created them. Some believe the geoglyphs represent certain constellations.
The anamorphic shapes of spiders, birds and plants lend themselves to this theory.
It’s as plausible as any other explanation.
This is the theory that grabs most people’s attention. How else would the ancient Indians get that birds-eye view necessary to create these massive shapes in the sand? Some have theorized that they had some sort of balloon technology to get that sky-high perspective, but there’s no archaeological evidence to support that. Isn’t it more fun to ponder that ETs had a hand in this?
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