Beyond Egypt to Peruvian Plains of Nazca, Cats Mummified for Eternal Life.

“The ancient Egyptians were not obsessed with death. They were obsessed with life!  So mummification was anticipating life after death with the goal to perpetuate living forever.”

— Melinda Zeder, Curator, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D. C., 2011

 

October 25, 2020 Plains of Nazca, Peru – Wonderful cat creatures have been loved and admired for centuries. Egyptians at least 4,000 years ago revered cats and mummified them in careful wrappings like this one at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C.

Egyptian mummified cat displayed by Smithsonian Museum, in 2011, Washington, D. C.
Egyptian mummified cat displayed by Smithsonian Museum, in 2011, Washington, D. C.

Smithsonian Curator Melinda Zeder explained that, “The ancient Egyptians were not obsessed with death. They were obsessed with life!  So mummification was anticipating life after death with the goal to perpetuate living forever.” The Egyptians believed that cats held a unique position in the afterlife so that’s why they were mummified to be offered to the gods to gain eternal life.

The sarcophagus of the cat of the Crown Prince Thutmose, the eldest son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye. He was designated as pharaoh Amenhotep III's successor but predeceased his father. His younger brother, Akhenaten, assumed the throne instead. (Displayed at the visiting "Pharaon, Homme, Roi, Dieu" exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts of Valenciennes, France in November 2007)
The above sarcophagus of the cat carved here was honored by the Egyptian Crown Prince Thutmose, the eldest son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, who ruled Egypt’s 18th dynasty from 1391 to 1353 B. C (3,411 – 3,373 years ago). He was designated as pharaoh Amenhotep III’s successor, but died before his father passed. His younger brother, Akhenaten, assumed the throne instead. This image was taken in November 2007 at the Museum of Fine Arts of Valenciennes, France.

 

On October 15, 2020, Peru’s Minister of Culture announced the discovery of this big cat on the side of a hill, hidden until now amid all the other animal figures and straight lines in the famous Plains of Nasca. This cat with pointy ears, round eyes, and striped tail stretches about 121 feet, or 40 yards, along the hillside. Experts say it dates back to around 200 B. C., so this cat was carved into this Nazca hillside 2,200 years ago.

Peru's Minister of Culture announced on October 15, 2020, that a large cat has now been discovered amid all the straight lines, spirals and animals carved a foot or two deep into the Plains of Nazca a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Peru’s Minister of Culture announced on October 15, 2020, that a large 2,200-year-old cat has been discovered for the first time carved into a Nazca hillside amid all the straight lines, spirals and animals carved a foot or two deep into the Plains of Nazca a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.

It is hard to understand how the cat has been hidden from public eyes until now amid all the other animal figures and straight lines in the famous Plains of Nasca visited by thousands of tourists since its first discovery in 1926.  This Nazca cat with pointy ears, round eyes, and striped tail stretches about 121 feet, or 40 yards, along the hillside. Experts say it dates back to around 200 B. C., so this cat was outlined here 2,200 years ago.

Above:  Lima, Peru, is about 278 miles northwest of Nazca.  Below:  Nazca is 50 miles northeast of San Juan de Marcona on the Pacific Ocean .

The Peruvian Culture Minister explained that the cat figure was found by employees who were cleaning the hill mound.“The figure was barely visible and was about to disappear due to its location on a fairly steep slope and the effects of natural erosion. The lines outlining the cat vary between 30 and 40 centimeters wide — which is 12 to 16 inches wide.” The outline goes deep enough into the hard surface soil baked by unrelenting sun to expose the yellowish soil beneath.

 

Aerial view of "The Hummingbird", one of the most popular geoglyphs of the Nazca Lines, which are located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The geoglyphs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1994) are spread over a 80 km (50 mi) plateau between the towns of Nazca and Palpa and are, according to some studies, between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. old.
Aerial view of “The Hummingbird”, also identified as a hermit hummingbird, located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The geoglyphs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1994) are spread over a 80 km (50 mi) plateau between the towns of Nazca and Palpa and are, according to some studies, between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. old. The new cat on the hillside discovery is 200 B. C., or 2,200 years ago.

The straight lines, trapezoids and animal glyphs between Nasca and Palpa, Peru, were first discovered in 1926 by a Peruvian archaeologist.

The large, mysterious glyphs carved into the Nazca Plains have remained among Peru’s greatest historic mysteries. Theories about their creation have ranged from ancient farmers trudging the soil with their feet — to extraterrestrial intelligences marking the Nazca Plain and higher up in the Andes Mountains for purposes unknown.

 

Linda’s Flight Over Plains of Nazca in June 1987

But I saw with my own eyes back in June 1987 when I went to Peru for nearly a month. I flew from Lima 275 miles southeast to the Nazca plain inland from the Pacific Ocean. I hired a Piper Cub pilot to fly me over the glyphs carved into the land and hills. He told me that the patterns did not stop at the Plains of Nazca. He said he had flown straight east rising up the Andes Mountains where he saw lots more glyphs no one knew about. He also offered to show me how deeply into the soil the patterns were pressed.

June 1986: On a nearly month-long research trip to Peru, investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe purchased a Piper Cub flight over the Plains of Nazca. This image is aimed at the 6-mile-long Plains of Nazca "runway" that is pressed down into the Peruvian soil more than a foot the entire length. Photo © June 1987 by Linda Moulton Howe.
June 1986: On a nearly month-long research trip to Peru, investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe purchased a Piper Cub flight over the Plains of Nazca. This image is aimed at the 6-mile-long Plains of Nazca “runway” that is pressed down into the Peruvian soil more than a foot the entire length. Photo © June 1987 by Linda Moulton Howe.

In his Piper Cub small plane, the pilot flew me along the edge of one of the trapezoid “runways” that was six miles long. The pilot told me he would fly low along one side of the entire length of the trapezoid so I could see how deeply it was pressed into the ground.

I estimated the depth of the trapezoid pressed down into the Nazca soil was more than a foot the entire 6 miles. The pilot said, “No Peruvian Indians shuffled their feet in the dirt to create this.”


More Information:

Websites:

“Ministerio de Cultura anuncia descubrimiento de geoglifo en la Pampa de Nasca,”  October 15, 2020:  https://www.gob.pe/institucion/cultura/noticias/307390-ministerio-de-cultura-anuncia-descubrimiento-de-geoglifo-en-la-pampa-de-nasca

The Gods of EdenAuthor William Bramley:
http://www.ancient-origins.net/opinion-guest-authors-human-origins/very-interesting-interview-william-bramley-00273

JPL Viking Press Release of Cydonia Face On Mars:
http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/extended_may2001/face/1976pio.html

Majestic 12 Documents: http://www.majesticdocuments.com


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