Saturday, Nov 25, 2017, 4:00 pm
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA
Lecture 11 – The Moche – Drugs, Sex, Music, and Puppies
This lecture presents an idea that runs contrary to more accepted views of the Moche: that shamantic healing played a central role in Moche culture and that many elements of Moche art have been misinterpreted in the absence of the shamanic perspective. We will first look at the practice of shamanism as it has existed in modern South America up to the present. We find many practices – trances, chanting, pilgrimages, and even ritual sex – that also appear in ancient Moche art. This suggests that the widely accepted theory that the Moche royalty drank the blood of their enemies is perhaps wrong. Instead, the art may be seen as depicting shamans engaging in healing or spiritual ceremonies.
Lecture 12 – Enigmatic Tiwanaku by Lake Titicaca
This lecture explores a site so impressive that it has spawned theories of supernatural involvement: Tiwanaku in the Lake Titicaca region. Tiwanaku is notable for its enormous megalithic structures, build and embellished with such precision that modern archaeology still cannot explain them. The area around Lake Titicaca was home to the Yaya-Mama culture, whose central settlement at Pukara shows many similarities with Chavin. The Kalasasaya courtyard at Tiwanaku also appears to share some themes with Chavin, though it is clear that the culture here was unique in many ways. One of its most impressive achievements was raised-field agriculture, which allowed for the development of a large economically diverse population.
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