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The Raimondi Stela
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Chavin Cult, 900-200 BC

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Technology

Our culture is very advanced for our time period. We have extremely productive and useful metallurgy, soldering and temperature control technologies which are incomparable to competing cultures. We also have information about textiles which allows us to revolutionize our clothing industry. Our weavers are producing elaborate cotton textiles with intricate patterns and designs. Our artisans manufacture large, light and strong fishnets from cotton string. Our craftsmen are experimenting with minerals with the hope of discovering techniques of gold, silver and copper mettalurgy. Some of this technology has already been leaked out to artisans who are creating very ornate jewelry, decorative items and tools. We have also established a trade network with our neighboring people and a system of agriculture. We have also learned how to tame llamas as spiritual and pack animals.

Culture

We are a very unique society because we do not have a set political order. Our technology and skills has made neighboring societies jealous as they try to build ceremonial centers which emulate ours. Our neighboring societies are also jealous of our artistic skill and ability. Our art can be divided into two phases: The first phase corresponding to the construction of the "Old Temple" at Chavin de Huantar (the center of our society); and the second phase corresponding to the construction of Chavín de Huantar, "New Temple"
Stylistically, our art forms make extensive use of the technique of countour rivalry (creating multiple visual interpretations of an image). The art is intentionally difficult to interpret and understand, since it was intended only to be read by high priests of the Chavín cult who could understand the intricately complex and sacred designs, and thus their power. The Raimondi Stela is one of the major examples of this technique.
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With our skills in art, we are able to create many religious artificats. We also use hallucinogens and small mortars to grind vilca (a hallucinogenic snuff --- AMAZING stuff). Bone tubes and spoons are used and are decorated with wild animals which we associate with shamanistic transformations. Artwork at Chavín de Huantar also shows figures with mucus streaming from our nostrils (a side effect of hallucinogen use) including San Pedro, a hallucinogenic cactus.
We promote fertility and abundant harvests. The deities in our stone carvings represent features of humans and wild animals such as jaguars, hawks, eagles, and snakes. The economic advancements of textile manufacturing is leading to more and bigger cermonial centers settlements. Priests are apart of our cult. We may have sacrifice animals and such to please the gods for abundance in harvest

Blog

Blog Entry #1: Visit to my uncle
Today, I visited my uncle, the local artisan. I noticed he was creating some sort of cotton cloth. I asked him what exactly he was doing and he told me: "Son, I am revolutionizing the clothing industry for centuries to come". Now, I thought he was thinking too far but, who knows maybe these "textiles" could actually do something for our future...something to think about. Anyways, I decided to go back home and on my way there I noticed a woman selling ornate jewelry. I thought to myself, wow, with all this technology, aren't we as members of the Chavin cult special?
Blog Entry #2: The Raimondi Stela
Today, for the first time, I saw the Raimondi Stela. The stela (stone slab) is seven feet high and is composed of highly polished granite with a very incised design which my father said is unnoticable if you see it up close and this stela is therefore better seen by drawing or painting. My father also told me about the technique of contour rivalry, the technique of creating multiple possible visual interpretations of an image and how it is used on the Raimondi Stela. When viewed one way, the image depicts a fearsome deity holding two staffs. His eyes look upward toward his large, elaborate headdress of snakes and volutes. This same image, when flipped upside-down, takes on a completely new life. The headdress now turns into a stacked row of smiling, fanged faces, while the deity's face has turned into the face of a smiling reptile as well. Even the deity's staffs now appear to be rows of stacked faces. Again, I think to myself how advanced our culture is...
Blog Entry #3: Chavin de Huantar
Today, I visited our social center, Chavin de Huantar. I began to notice the magnificent architecture. However, I was astounded by the feline shaped sculptures. I wondered why they were shaped like cats but, never got an answer. Still, there was a huge difference between our fishing town and this massive community center full of culture. However, I thought to myself, with all the technological advances we are making, will we even make it to the future?

The Wall

=Bibliography=Chavin. Minnesota State University E-Museum. <http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/latinamerica/south/cultures/chavin.html>.
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