We also come away with the haunting realization that as civilizations have reached their finest achievements they have also been obsessed with the trophies of their wealth and power. In turn this has led to their downfall. The Incas were destroyed because of the Spaniards’ lust for their gold and silver. Is this why every ancient civilization disappeared just as it soared so close to the sun?
In the Andes Mountains, we have seen connections between ancient civilizations despite time and distances that separate them: For instance, the reed boats built by the Uros people shaped like ancient Egyptian galleys; pyramids within Inca ruins; astronomical sight lines perfectly aligned with the stars.
And the greatest connection of all: the relationship of the ancient people with nature. Their descendants take care of and respect the land that God created. This is their present. The past they bury under the earth, whether it is to lay a loved one to rest or, symbolically, to forgive one another. They see the sun as the future God has promised us all, and, to be happy, they must love one another unconditionally.
The soul of God lives in the Andean people, and Babu and I bonded with them. There is so much more to learn we feel drawn to return some day.