Eighteen woodcuts (monoprints) 130x90 cm, 2013.
Inspired by Aramu Muru in Haya Marca, near Lake Titicaca in Peru
printed at Falu
see here just an unfinished work of ancient stone masons. But
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
research has been done here.
This enormous stone portal is located in Hayu Marca ("City of
gods") near the shores of Lake Titicaca. Giant crests of red
rise from the dry soil of Altiplano here. Erosion processes
natural bridges, weird grottoes and natural sculptures. Often
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
7 m high and 7 m wide, with a "T" shaped alcove in the bottom
The surface of the portal is polished. Alcove is some 2 m high
man can fit into it. In the centre of alcove is a smaller
On the other side of the cliff in earlier times was located a
which is blocked now with stones to prevent mishaps with
believe that this tunnel was going to Tihuanaco.
Dreams of Jose Luis Delgado Mamani
Local tourist guide Jose Luis Delgado Mamani had unusual
1990ies. He saw weird, red mountain with a gate cut in it. The
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
dream. He asked the local old men whether there are some gates
these cliffs - and, yes, they confirmed - there is a gate.
to dissuade Mamani from going there - "this is the true gate
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 -
international press. The old, exotic story about Aramu Muru
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
heroes could pass the portal and join the pantheon of gods.
though these gods return to the land through these gates "to
all the lands in the kingdom".
Legends tell that the gate was open for a while in the 16th
Back then Spanish Conquistadors were looting the immense
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
deadly havoc in Cusco. He took the large golden disc with him.
Aramu Muru reached the Hayu Marca hills and hid there for a
stumbled on Inca priests - guardians of the portal and, when
guardians saw the golden disc, there was arranged a special
the gate. This secret ritual opened the giant portal and blue
shining from it. Aramu Muru entered the portal and has never
again. The gate got his name.
Later this place was found by Spaniards. They desecrated it,
any visible artefacts and declared that this is an n place - a
to the hell.
Legend goes on and tells about the future: one day this portal
open. It will be much larger than it seems now. Gods will
through it to the Earth in their Sun ships.
This legendary site has served as an inspiration for many
stories and pseudoscientific works. Thus, for example, - some
tell that the coming of gods can be observed now. From time to
mysterious blue light shines from the alcove and shining
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
mysterious places. Seekers of mystical experiences are
stepping in the
alcove and setting their heads against the cliff. Some
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
temple. As the time went by, people were fascinated by this
leads to nowhere and they created legends about the "gate to
The "enlightened" 20th and 21st centuries have not been any
have experienced thousands of new legends popping up from
numerous sites around the globe. When googling for "Aramu
sees a wild flight of imagination, involving the mystical
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
for a replacement to the lost religions.