Incas - Macchu Picchu - Johan Reinhard
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
A theory suggested by archaeologist and anthropologist Johan Reinhard, Machu Picchu occupied a special place in the "sacred landscape" of the Inca. For example, Machu Picchu is built atop a mountain that is almost completely encircled by the Urubamba River, which the Inca named the Vilcamayo, or Sacred River. Reinhard also pointed out that the rising and setting of the sun, which is an Incan God, when seen from certain locations within Machu Picchu aligns neatly with religiously significant mountains during solstices and equinoxes.