AN ANTHROPOLOGIST’S PREFACE
It is undeniable that in Perú many of the stories of opulent cities, full of indescribable treasures and fantastic riches, are of european or perhaps post-columbian sources, thought out by the spanish themselves for political purposes. Nevertheless, that fact does not set aside the existence of pre-columbian or even native post-columbian versions that refer to the existence of cities whose location had been hidden, as occurred in the case of Machupicchu. It is possible that Paititi, with respect to which tens of stories are recorded, could be one of those cities which, the same as Choque-Sapra, Choque Suysuy and others, have remained “forgotten” up to our own days.
At the least, two versions recently found, about Paititi, are impressive. One, the pan-peruvian myth of Inkari, founder of the capital of the Empire of the Incas, who after fulfilling his mission, withdrew with many of his relatives to the city of Paititi. The other, relative to the decline of the Empire, relates in a legend the transfer of the religious objects from the sanctuary of Wiracocha in Kacha, carried out by a group of inka nobles who, to save their gods from the merciless outrage by the spanish, took them along with them to the refuge in Paititi.
Neither the myth of Inkari, relative to the initiation of the Empire, nor the legend of the temple of Wiracocha, referring to its extinction, make mention of either treasures or riches, perhaps to avoid the covetousness which could stimulate its search and location. Fernando Aparicio Bueno, a young man impassioned by the mysteries of peruvian culture, has porposed to himself to find that city so linked to the ideology and tradition of Andean society.
As part of his concerns and exploration, he offers this book, in which he makes known the treasures found in the Walla Architecture, as well as petroglyphs and rock paintings. These seem to prove the notable differences that exist betwen the physical expression of qheswas and antis 1 (i.e. West and East parts of the incanate). Fernando offers us, also, concrete plans 2 see projet Paititi (39) for the study of ancient remains that still await the arrival of that king of scientist who will be able to speak to them and say “rise and walk”.
OSCAR NUÑEZ DEL PRADO
Dr. in Anthropology from UNSAAC