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Representation of an Inca sun god. AI-generated. Source: NorLife / Adobe Stock

Revisiting the Solar Path of the Inca Creator God


The high priests of the Inca Empire of ancient Peru used their sacred texts, known as the Codes of Sacred Geography, to build sacred community centers ( wakas) along 42 long-distance ceque lines. These alignments were all centralized at the Coricancha (Qorikancha) Temple of the Sun in Cuzco, where a huge golden disc at the center of this temple radiated these lines across the entire Inca empire.

The Inca creator god Viracocha undertook a legendary journey from the city of Tiwanaku on the shores of Lake Titicaca and crossed mountain peaks, towards the north-west, where he left the shore of South America’s Pacific coast near the border of Peru and Ecuador.

Ancient Landscape Alignments – the Concept of Ley-lines

In the summer of 1921, amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins, stood on a hillside in Herefordshire, England, and noticed a straight line of churches, town crosses, and ancient burial mounds and in 1925 he published The Old Straight Track postulating that the entire English countryside was knitted together with similar alignments. Clive Ruggles is the United Kingdom’s leading authority on archeoastronomy and in his Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopaedia Of Cosmologies and Myth, (2005) he noted that the alignments of the buildings Watkins plotted, had place names containing the syllable ‘ley,’ hence the term ‘ley-line.’

At the time, and generally still today, archaeologists mostly disregarded Watkin’s theory if for no other reason than ancient Britons were regarded as being “too primitive” to have devised a system where buildings are located along ancient landscape alignments. Nowadays, the skeptical argument is one of probability: since so many ancient features pepper the English countryside, the chances of finding alignments is quite high.

Ancient Peru’s Ceque Lines

Ruling-classes and the high priests of the Inca Empire of ancient Peru designed their entire territory around sacred texts known as the Unancha Pacha Qellqa - Codes of Sacred Geography. They built a series of sophisticated stellar observatories connected by a network of ancient stone pathways and established thousands of localized north-to-south meridians between community centers and natural features to help them record passing time, for the creation of accurate agricultural, civic, and ritual calendars.

In Peru, these alignments were called ceque (aka seqe or ceke) lines, and Deborah Byron’s Lessons of the Inca Shaman defined the essential meaning of Shamanic term ceque , writing “C eke lines intersect at  wakas, places that are power spots infused with energy…being in these power spots heightens a person’s (the Shaman’s) perception, and it becomes easier to achieve expanded states of awareness. The  altomesayoqs (Shamans) enter into dialogues with the  apus (mountain gods) and work to open  ceque lines in the mountains to promote healing in the earth.”


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Top Image: Representation of an Inca sun god. AI-generated. Source: NorLife / Adobe Stock

By Ashley Cowie

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Ashley is a Scottish historian, author, and documentary filmmaker presenting original perspectives on historical problems in accessible and exciting ways.

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