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September 17, 2004

Cusco

Giulio Magli, an Italian professor of mathematics, argues city planning for Cusco, the Inca capital, may have followed the dark constellation of the Puma.

According to tradition the city was conceived as a puma incorporating a nearby hill as its head and the main temple of the capital as its genitals. The tail of the puma is formed where the Tullumayo and Huatanay rivers join. Magli said Cusco's layout was meant to replicate a puma constellation, which the Inca said was formed not of stars but the dark spaces between the stars.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 17, 2004 10:23 AM

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