Eighteen woodcuts (monoprints) 130x90 cm, 2013.
Inspired by Aramu Muru in Haya Marca, near Lake Titicaca in Peru
printed at Falu Konstgrafiska Verkstad
see here just an unfinished work of ancient stone masons. But many
local legends tell something else - Aramu Muru is seen as a portal to a
It is not known when Aramu Muru was made and who did
it - but most likely it happened before Incas. No archaeological
research has been done here.
This enormous stone portal is located in Hayu Marca ("City of the
gods") near the shores of Lake Titicaca. Giant crests of red granite
rise from the dry soil of Altiplano here. Erosion processes have formed
natural bridges, weird grottoes and natural sculptures. Often it is
hard to tell whether some weird shapes have been formed by nature or by
Aramu Muru is cut in the side of one such granite crest. This portal is
7 m high and 7 m wide, with a "T" shaped alcove in the bottom middle.
The surface of the portal is polished. Alcove is some 2 m high - one
man can fit into it. In the centre of alcove is a smaller depression.
On the other side of the cliff in earlier times was located a tunnel,
which is blocked now with stones to prevent mishaps with children. Some
believe that this tunnel was going to Tihuanaco.
Dreams of Jose Luis Delgado Mamani
Local tourist guide Jose Luis Delgado Mamani had unusual dreams in
1990ies. He saw weird, red mountain with a gate cut in it. The door of
this portal was open and a blue, shimmering light was shining out of it.
Mamani was surprised to find mountains similar to the ones in his
dream. He asked the local old men whether there are some gates cut in
these cliffs - and, yes, they confirmed - there is a gate. Some tried
to dissuade Mamani from going there - "this is the true gate to the
When Mamani reached the gate, he almost passed out from excitement - this was the site which he saw in his dreams.
This story made into local newspapers and somewhat later - into
international press. The old, exotic story about Aramu Muru became
Legend about Aramu Muru
According to a local legend, this gate leads to the spirit world or even - to the world of gods.
Portal for the immortals
The portal was made in the distant past. In those times the great
heroes could pass the portal and join the pantheon of gods. Sometimes
though these gods return to the land through these gates "to inspect
all the lands in the kingdom".
Legends tell that the gate was open for a while in the 16th century.
Back then Spanish Conquistadors were looting the immense treasures in
Cusco city and slaughtering local people.
In the most important Inca temple - in Coricancha temple - were located especially valuable relics - the golden discs.
According to the legend, these discs were given by gods to Inca. Discs had powerful healing abilities.
Two of these discs were seized by Spaniards, but the third one - the largest - disappeared without a trace.
Escape from Cusco to... the otherworld
A priest of Coricancha temple - Aramu Muru - managed to escape from the
deadly havoc in Cusco. He took the large golden disc with him.
Aramu Muru reached the Hayu Marca hills and hid there for a while. He
stumbled on Inca priests - guardians of the portal and, when the
guardians saw the golden disc, there was arranged a special ritual at
the gate. This secret ritual opened the giant portal and blue light was
shining from it. Aramu Muru entered the portal and has never been seen
again. The gate got his name.
Later this place was found by Spaniards. They desecrated it, removed
any visible artefacts and declared that this is an n place - a gateway
to the hell.
Legend goes on and tells about the future: one day this portal will
open. It will be much larger than it seems now. Gods will return
through it to the Earth in their Sun ships.
This legendary site has served as an inspiration for many contemporary
stories and pseudoscientific works. Thus, for example, - some locals
tell that the coming of gods can be observed now. From time to time the
mysterious blue light shines from the alcove and shining beings come
out from it.
Another story tells, that at certain times of the year this cliff becomes transparent.
Researchers of paranormal activities are reporting glowing blue spheres and bright white disc shaped objects here.
Aramu Muru is visited by tourists, which are interested in such
mysterious places. Seekers of mystical experiences are stepping in the
alcove and setting their heads against the cliff. Some reportedly see
stars, some - columns of fire, some hear rhythmic music.
Ancient gate to the soul
It is very well possible that Aramu Muru is an unfinished rock cut
temple. As the time went by, people were fascinated by this door, which
leads to nowhere and they created legends about the "gate to the world
The "enlightened" 20th and 21st centuries have not been any better. We
have experienced thousands of new legends popping up from nowhere in
numerous sites around the globe. When googling for "Aramu Muru", one
sees a wild flight of imagination, involving the mystical Lemuria and
Mu and UFO's.
Thus Aramu Muru represents an interesting monument to the past and - an
interesting insight into the soul of modern man, desperately searching
for a replacement to the lost religions.