On the slope of Mount Jayu Marcha, in the south of Peru, a large mysterious stone doorway is carved into the rock. Although no one knows the true origin of the Aramu-Muru gate, it points to the long and complex history of ancient Peruvian culture.
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In 1996, near Lake Titicaca, local guide Jose Luis Delgado Mamani stumbled upon a mysterious structure. Since its discovery, Aramu-muru, or “Gate of the Gods”, has been surrounded by myths and legends about its construction and use.
For the past 4,000 years, ancient indigenous communities have lived near the mountains and Lake Titicaca, including the Inca civilization once ruled by Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. The Incas believed that this huge lake was the birthplace of the world and the place where the human spirit returns after death.
It is widely believed that the site of Aramu Muru served as a place of pilgrimage and worship for the Incas, and that according to local legends, the doorway has supernatural properties.
They are believed to have been used for ceremonial or astronomical purposes. The magnificent structure, 7 meters high and 7 meters wide, has a small recess in the form of a door in the center. Those who visit this structure claim that by putting their foreheads on a small depression they feel safe and feel peaceful.
Although little is known about the door’s origins, it is believed to have existed before the Incas, with stories of its use coming from a number of Amerindian communities.
According to mythology, a doorway is a portal or “stargate” used to travel to other worlds. Some also believe that the gods use this door to visit and inspect their domains.
It is believed that Aramu-Muru were created before the Incas.
It is said that while hiding from the Spaniards, an Inca priest named Aramu Muru took a golden sun disk, known as the “key of the gods of the seven rays”, which was kept in the temple of Coricancha in Cusco. After walking more than 450 kilometers from the temple to the stone doorway, the priest placed the disc on the door. The doorway allegedly opened and the priest walked through it and disappeared.
While believing in the legend may be a source of comfort to some, the story of Aramu Muru is also a stark reminder of the tragedy that an ancient civilization endured as it was ravaged by the Spanish conquistadors.