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Inca Symbols

The Inca culture had hundreds of Inca symbols, most of them were create for war, religion and astrology. The symbols have the shape of snakes, condors, corn, cougars, the sun, the lighting, the coca plant and many others. The Mascaipacha or Inca royal crown was the most important symbol for the Inca king. They made it, with a tassel shape of exquisite red wool, with gold threads and two feathers from the Corequenque (Peruvian bird); it was priceless.

The Incas have hundreds of Inca symbols, each of them with meaning. But there’s one especially interesting; it’s the Inca Chakana. This symbol is way more complex that you can possibly imagine. In this page, we will tell you about the mysteries and the extraordinary mathematical coincidences of the Chakana. It’s unbelievable but most of the people do not know the existence of the Inca cross or Chakana. We are sure you have seen it before: it’s because the Incas use the Chakana shape in all their designs.

Peruvian archaeologist do not understand why Inca symbols are find in textiles, pottery or architecture in cultures more than 4000 years old. The symbol they found is the Chakana. It’s not fully understood, but they believe this symbol is been around the Peruvian territory since long time ago. It’s undeniable the Chakana has been part of all pre Inca cultures since the beginning of history.

The Inca symbols are simple, but the Chakana is a complex symbol. The Chakana is a geometrical shape, form by one circle and one square inside the circle. The square is aligning with the vertices, right in the circle midpoints. Then inside the square, we can see another circle, but smaller and inside this small circle we found a second square. The second square is standing in one of its vertices, looking like a rhombus.

Then, we cross two lines inside the smaller square, like a large X crossing the square vertices. Looking the big circle and by the union of different points of intersection, you will see the shape of the most important of the Inca symbols. The mathematical and geometrical knowledge need to design this shape has to be advance. But the mystery doesn’t end here. The Inca Mythology talk about the Inca good Wiracocha, they say that he walk the land of the Incas from the Titicaca lake to Ecuador.

The Inca culture has many Inca symbols, but only one talk about the Qhapaq Ñan and it’s the Inca Chakana. The Qhapaq Ñan describes the walking path of Wiracocha or road to heaven, like the TAO of the Andes. The walking path makes a line that overlap with the inclination angle of the planet of centuries ago. How they possible could know that?

Next, If we overlap the Chakana with our planet, we will see the diagonal line of the small square at 45 degrees from north to south of our planet. This line also overlaps with the inclination angle of the planet of centuries ago. It’s unbelievable but if we follow where are all pre Inca cultures; we can see that surprisingly all of them make a perfect alignment with the Chakana.

Inca legends affirm the Inca symbols hold the secret of life. The legends maybe explain with this theory. The inclination angle of the planet is 23.5 degrees allowing to develop seasons and creating an environment stable enough to harbor life. Now, it’s possible that they understood that knowing the angle of inclination of the planet, mean they knew the secret of life. Any way, the Chakana was use as a measurement instrument to calculate the inclination angle of the planet.

The Inca Chakana is the most incredible mystery of all Inca symbols. Peruvian mathematicians have a theory of its use. The mathematics use keys to calculate numbers, like the PI number (PI is an irrational number with a good approach to the value of the square root of ten). It’s commonly use today. The Peruvians mathematicians theory is the Chakana was the equivalent of the PI number for us. The Chakana as a geometrical figure; it hold values and constants, which explain the fundamental of mathematics. It’s hard to believe that such symbol it’s been around us for more than 4000 years.

The Inca symbols were place in textiles, constructions, Inca Art and everywhere they could. If you pay attention you will see the shape of the Chakana everywhere you look; the Incas use it as pattern for everything. Peruvian Investigators believe the Incas did not design this symbol. The question is: who create the Inca Chakana?