Hello. It’s not very generally known that Perú peoples have been around a long time, some say since 30,000 BC. But let’s not be greedy, fully accepted dating shows that hunting groups lived in Pikimachay cave only 14,000 BC.
All kinds of clevernesses developed, and the inhabitants domesticated over 70 species of food plants and animals. BY 4,000 BC they had a village
social organization. The following irrigated terracings on the moutainsides allowed intense cultivation at over 10,000 feet elevation, and provided astonishing examples of self-supporting communities (one, a valley 300 feet wide by two miles long contained 1,500 homes. An interested town planner will work that out to over 25 DU, Dwelling Units, per Acre).
The genious of the inca élites was in gobernment, organization, planning and importing the skills of the peoples they incorporated into their huge empire. They adapted the Quechua tribe’s language, making it the standard Runa Simi (people’s talk). When the spanish arrived, The quechua vocabulary was more extensive and richer than the castilian.
The systematic pillage, and destruction of inca morale, religion and symbols, and the gift of smallpox, helped reduce the 32,000,000 population to half in a few years, and the rural Runasimi down to perhaps less than 5000 words tragically devoid of much nuance.
Enough of that ! Anyhoo, through our readings many of us hold to the belief that the following reflects actual fact: When Perú was being conquered by the spanish, around 1532, the inca clergy, nobility, élites and perhaps 80,000 of their people took part in a great northerly exodus from Cusco, the capital of that 2,500 mile (400,000 sq.mi.) Andean Empire of the Incas. They took with them all their religio-cultural values and ceremonial equipment (largely made of gold, then considered only as having religious decorative-artistic value).
There is abundant reference in long existing legends that that huge exodus was planned to reach some vague kind of Promised City (more likely pre-existing than to-be-built) that would replace beloved Cusco.
The words “Paikikin Qosco” meaning “the same as Cusco” in the quechua language was supposedly used for morale-building purposes by the generals who promised such a place to a frightened people. Time and the absolute Spanish domination apparently brought about re-pronunciation as “Paititi,” which word in certain quarters has taken on ELDORADO connotations.
The number of traditional anecdotes about Paititi and the treasures it could contain is quite numerous 1 the origins(15) but the city has never been found. It is the considered opinion of the writer that discovery of Paititi would reveal abundant scientific information not only about the inca empire, but would also shed light on, and perhaps greatly increase the historical and archaeological value of American man: serious research demands more concrete information.
There is little doubt that motivation to discover Paititi and Paititi-like places has resulted in the finding of jungle over-grouwn cities such as Machupicchu, Vilcabamba, Gran Pajatén etc. In Perú; and in countries like Bolivia, Brasil, Paraguay, etc. For that reason at least, searching for Paititi continues to be a legitimate focus, function and purpose of research. Exploration is more than a dream, it is IN THE BLOOD! Just hear this extract: “...A voice as bad as conscience rang interminable changes on one everlasting whisper day and night repeated, so : ‘Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the ranges, Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you...GO..!"
(From Rudyard Kipling’s “The Explorer”)