Monday, July 31, 2006

The House of Early Horizon [The Cultures of Ancient Peru; The House of Blue]

In the House of Early Horizon
Is where the Chavin, Recuay,
Nazca, and Moche stay:
The Ancient ones of long ago

In Northern Peru; from the
Coastlands, Highlands, and
The Southern marron plains;
The Ancient ones, the Recuay

[And Chavin] of the Andean societies
Of this classic, enduring age:
Here farmers and herdsmen—
(Of the Valley de Callejon de Huaylas),

Worked and prayed, by hilltop
Fortifications; here they carved
Monolith stones; Supernatural figures;
Textiles, all sophisticated art.

#1398 7/28/2006
Written in Lima, Peru

Note on Peruvian Cultures: The Recuay culture dates back from about 400 BC, to about 800 AD, and resides in the region known as—Ancash, a region located in Northern Peru, its capitol city is Huaraz, and its largest city is Chimbote. The name of the region originates from Quechua “anqash,’ meaning ‘blue.”

The Nazca are from the South, and perhaps had the best colored, and details poetry know in the ancient Peruvian world. The Moche, are from the Northern coastal areas of Peru, such as Chan Chan, etc. Tiwanaku, also having equal art in poetry as Nazca, but not as colorful, live in what is now Bolivia. All having fine art, textiles, potter, and so forth; the Inca empire, consolidated all of Peru.

There was kind of a cultural exchange shift, in northern Peru, in the North Highlands, following the Chavin’s collapse in 100 BC [perhaps its early horizon was abut 400 BC; but its footprints can be dated perhaps 1000-years earlier], and the interactions between them and Recuay. Perhaps a second one between 200-700 AD, with the Moche and in 750 AD, the Wari; thus, we can see a complexity in their societal ancient character, if we follow them from one stage to another.


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