Inti, the sun bird


Erich von Däniken and other propagators of ancient astronauts have provided us with dozens of drawings of aliens from primitive peoples or the ancient world. Some of drawings seem convincing as they resemble Hollywood images of aliens, or perhaps Hollywood derived their images of aliens from these drawings? There are drawings of men with wings and there are drawings of men with fish tails. This leaves us with a quandary on how to distinguish the Tiwanaku drawings of an alien astronaut -- sometimes depicted as a bird-man and sometimes as a fish-man -- from the imagined gods, spirits, and monsters of other ancient peoples.

There are two things to look for: i) signs of evolutionary features differing from features found in Earth creatures, and ii) signs of advanced technology. With respect to the first point, we note that the Tiwanaku alien has a) an aquatic tail that does not resemble the tail of any known fish or animal, b) facial features that are definitely not Earth-like, and c) four-fingers on the forward arm appendages versus the five usually found on the more-highly evolved earthlings. Please see Tiwanaku and Nazca Lines for these depictions.

On advanced technology, we note that the Tiwanaku alien has a) an astronaut's helmet that resembles the helmets used by human astronauts (inclusive of wide visor to maximize visibility), b) a water or liquid-filled spacesuit, c) hand-held instruments that expanded and contracted, d) the ability to fly without wings, and e) a front-mounted communications device. Once again, please see the preceding pages for the respective depictions.

The following drawing was created by the anthropologist Fernand Schwarz in his El Enigma Precolombino. Schwarz says it reflects the cosmology of the Incas and he vouches for its accuracy claiming to have compiled it from images of the Sun Disk that have survived on Inca relics:

Andean Sun Disk Images Reflecting Space and Time Travel

In the 16th century, in the Temple of Cuzco, the Spanish conquistadores found this rectangular plaque said to be a replica of an ancient Sun Disk (which was round in shape; thus, "round" may have been sacred in the Andes, perhaps causing the Andean people to shun development of the wheel). The Spanish melted down the plaque for its gold content, but the images on the plaque were recorded. There are several things to note about these images:

1) The Incas may have believed that the aliens traveled past the stars in a round spaceship that became oval-shaped when it approached the speed of light (represented by the zigzag ray). Schwarz, however, viewed our spaceship as the cosmological egg of creation.

2) The Incas knew that the dark clouds of deep space contained stars inside them and that the aliens came from one of those stars, and hence they created constellations based on dark nebualae rather than on stars.

Inca Sun Disk: drawing of a nebula with stars within

Nebulae can help protect evolving life forms from deadly gamma-ray bursts that otherwise would periodically wipe out life in much of the galaxy. In other words, it is logical that aliens visiting Earth may have evolved within a nebula.

3) The Incas knew that the aliens were aquatics (represented by the fish tails and fish-fin arms in this drawing).

4) The Incas may have believed that there was a parallel universe (represented by the mirror images of nebulae and stars to the right and left of the drawing).

Inca Sun Disk: drawing of parallel worlds

The automatic creation of a parallel universe upon backward-in-time travel may be the only way to evade the grandfather paradox.

5) The Incas apparently believed that the alien spaceship was capable of orbiting the Earth (the spaceship is depicted in three different positions to reflect motion) at the speed of light (represented by the rainbow of seven bands around the Earth) making it capable of traveling through time (represented by "el río del tiempo," the river of time, crossing the Earth), with half the alien spaceship present in one universe and the other half disappearing into the parallel universe.

Inca Drawing: Sun Disk depicting the river of time and alien spaceship orbiting the Earth at light speeds

The Aymara and Quechua languages of the Andes are unique and notorious for their concept of time. Speakers of those languages tend to think of future events as having occurred in the past and vice versa. It's a strong indication that the Andean people may have had direct verbal communications with the alien astronaut, who influenced their thinking. The Andean languages reflect the concepts of time travel.

6) The Incas knew that there were two major kingdoms of life, the animal kingdom (represented by the puma) and the plant kingdom (represented by the tree). They also knew that water (represented by the pond of water) was the basis of both life forms.

Inca Sun Disk: drawing depicting evolution

The Incas may have believed that the aliens came here to observe (represented by the seven eyes) the evolutionary process on Earth, across time.

Note that many of the Sun Disk images can also be found in the chronicle of the Inca Juan de Santa Cruz Pachacuti, 1613:

Andean Sun Disk Images by the Inca Pachacuti

Also note that (in the Schwarz reproduction) the Sun is depicted as shining on the Moon, which in turn is reflecting the sunlight back on to the alien spaceship. Evidently, the alien spaceship positioned itself on the side of Earth opposite to the Sun.

Inca Sun Disk: drawing of the Sun with human face

Most curious is the human face placed on the Sun. It became the symbol of "el pajaro Indi," the sun bird who, according to the historian Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1572), flew around the Andes in the seventh century and predicted future events with success. The Inti sun symbol later found its way on to the flags of Andean countries and today can still be seen on the flag of Argentina:

Inti as depicted on the Argentine flag

The following image is an enlargement of one of the aliens on the Sun Disk.

Enlargement of Sun Disk Depiction of Aquatic Alien

There are many drawings of an aquatic alien in Tiwanaku, but they are not of this type. According to the historian Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, the plaza of Cuzco (or whatever was there around the year 600) was a place of contact between the sun bird and the Andean people. Thus, there are two distinct archaeological trends to consider: the Cuzco region of Peru and the Tiwanaku empire which reached Nazca. Cuzco symbolized the aquatic nature of the alien astronaut with fish fins and the Tiwanaku artists employed fish-head symbolism. Another distinction is that the alien of Tiwanaku was depcited with two scepters, one in each hand, whereas on the Sun Disk we see the aliens with only one scepter.

Andean Sculpture: Aquatic Alien Representation

This sculpture (Tiwanaku museum in La Paz) reminds us of the Sun Disk drawing in the sense of depicting a creature with fish-fin arms. It emphasizes the alien's communications device, which in the sense of direct artistic representation, is the feature most in common between the drawings of the Cuzco and Tiwanaku civilizations. But, to reiterate, this primitive artistic style bears little resemblance to the refined art of Tiwanaku during its expansionist epoch (the seventh century) nor to Tiwanaku drawings of any earlier epoch (also primitive but without fish). The armies of Tiwanaku likely found this sculpture on their northern conquests and brought it back to Tiwanaku. For obvious reasons, a transparent visor cannot be depicted in either engravings or sculptures, but here we may be viewing the only surviving depiction of the alien astronaut's helmet in three dimensions.

Apparently, Hollywood does not like aquatic aliens. They have provided us with almost every type of humanoid and air-breather imaginable, but aquatics? It seems the idea of filling up an astronaut's helmet with water and then attaching a communications device to the exterior (for talking through air) has never occurred to the Hollywood writers. If Hollywood can't imagine aquatic aliens, are we really to believe that the Incas imagined them? Moreover, the Incas did not live near the sea.

Here's another sculpture (also found in the La Paz museum) believed to have been brought back to Tiwanaku from their northern conquests:

Andean Sculpture Symbolizing the Alien Astronaut as a Sea Turtle

While the artists of Tiwanaku were depicting the alien with head symbolism (fish heads, bird heads, puma heads, and human heads), the artists of Peru seemed to have noticed an evolutionary similarity between the alien and the Earth creature known as the sea turtle. This is logical:

1) the sea turtle is a sea creature with appendages

2) the sea turtle is a sea creature that is capable of leaving the sea

3) the sea turtle has a protective outer shell, similar in concept to the alien's astronaut helmet and spacesuit.

This sculpture also reaffirms the alien's descent from the sky in a spiral motion, and it surrounds the communications device with "waves." These waves appear on the Sun Disk but are hard to find in native Tiwanaku artwork.

It seems foolish to believe that the pre-Columbian cultures were capable of figuring out that the dark nebulae of the Milky Way contained stars within, or that it was possible to orbit the Earth. Serious consideration needs to be given to the theory that the original sun disk was an alien artifact.

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