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Equinox Observance on Ancient Pyramid

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Equinox Observance on Ancient Pyramid

Ancient peoples the world over have celebrated the equinoxes and solstices throughout time.  Such times are significant because they mark not only specific times of year as related to the special characteristics and activities of that time in the annual cycle; but because they also are a recognition of the relationship of the earth to the cosmic entities beyond and how they affect life on our planet.  Cycles are usually marked by observation of angles between earth and the sun.  Indigenous peoples have always made use of the specific energies received at these special times and take time to honor the life giving powers and energies which are made manifest through the interplay of forces emanating from mother earth and father sun (Pachamama and Taita Inti). In the Intag region of Imbabura Province Ecuador, there is a very ancient and sacred site left by the Kara people.  A few weeks ago I was fortunate to accompany a group of healers to the fall equinoxial events at Wariman Sacred Site. It was my first time to travel to Intag, and I can say the region is breathtaking.  The road to Intag is only partially paved, so travel can be very tricky, especially during rainy season at which time the unpaved roads can become somewhat  perilous due to muddy conditions and the possibility of land slides.  A four wheel drive vehicle is advised. Buses do run, but can be delayed for hours when road conditions are compromised. Forgive the aside, but one needs to be aware of land and prepared for the road conditions.  Now back to the place itself, Wariman is a most  amazing and sacred place  left by the ancients and imbued with an undeniable force of positive and divine energy.  There are 4 pyramids and 38 tolas on the site. There are facilities for camping as well as cabin stye rooms, bathrooms and a restaurant.  Wariman sacred refuge means star of the dawn. The main pyramid is used for ceremonies of thanksgiving and for connecting to outer space. It is unique in all of Ecuador and is the best legacy in Ecuador to the Kara civilization. Ceremonies during the time I visited were conducted by the shaman from La Calera community.  We arrived as one ceremony was concluding and were there just in time to scale the pyramid from the back (a steep ascent without the aid of the ramp) and receive holy water from the shaman which we held in our hands and then released to the ground again. We removed our shoes when we got to the top and I was very surprised to feel how extremely hot the land was beneath my feet.  I thought it was just below a temperature that would have burned our soles.  The surrounding air temperature was not particularly hot. After the ceremony people left by way of the long ramp, and a feast followed.  That night many received the water purification ritual led by the shaman.  I had not come prepared so I did not participate this time, but perhaps next time I will be able to do so.  ...

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Birds on Isla de la Plata

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Birds on Isla de la Plata

There are a number of trails to hike on Isla de la Plata ( aka Silver Island) off the Ecuadorian coast. Tours are available from Puerto Lopez, especially during whale watching season, but also throughout the year.  Some of our group decided to take the trail known for great numbers of frigate birds and blue footed boobies. We were not disappointed! Male frigates are known for their ability to enlarge an area of their throats in order to attract females.  It’s rather an impressive sight.  The male pictured above is resting but you can see the red area of his throat. The blue footed boobies are dong a courting dance.  The males feet are more turquoise colored than the females’. Males also have smaller...

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Enjoying Coastal Ecuador

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Enjoying Coastal Ecuador

  Here it is October and I am only beginning to catch up with this blog!  Yikes!  Well, things happen such as multiple trips to Quito to get my visa stamp moved to my new passport; however, I shall try to do better in keeping up with sharing what is going on.   The visa procedure is another topic I may include here on this blog for your education and information, but for now, back to coastal Ecuador. In the previous post I shared a bit about Puerto Lopez.  There is not much to the town , but each June through August it gets busy with tourists visiting in hopes of seeing magnificent humpback whales and of seeing, and perhaps hiking, Poor Man’s Galapagos an island several miles offshore which is home to many species of wildlife also found on the Galapagos Islands. We had a wonderful guide and were thrilled with the experience we had on our whale watch and tour of Isla de la Plata (aka”Poor Man’s Galapagos). There is a relatively new pier which helps embarkation for sea trips sooo much easier than before.  In 2012 I remember actually wading into the ocean with my skirt held just above the water as I climbed as modestly as I could onto our boat.  The new pier and ramp is so much easier ( and drier) compared to that first experience.  Our group  found several restaurants of good quality and we much enjoyed the fresh seafood. There was a wonderful little shop we discovered with of all sorts of items derived from Palo Santo, wood from a protected tree which is the source of an fragrant essential oil used in making incense, and several body care preparations. The Palo Santo tree is in the same family of tree from which frankincense and myrrh are derived.  Because it is a protected tree, the wood is only to be taken from dead trees.  We saw Palo Santo trees growing on Isla de la Plata.  ...

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