The mysterious prehistoric geoglyph of the Paracas Candelabra

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The Paracas Candelabra is a prehistoric geoglyph found in the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay, Peru. It is estimated to date back to 200 BC, although many believe it is much older. With a large, branchlike appearance, the purpose and meaning of the Candelabra remain unknown. There has been much speculation as to the reason it may have been constructed. Was it a godly symbol, a gigantic seismograph, or simply a navigational tool for sailors?

Location of the Paracas Peninsula in the Ica Region of Peru. Image source: Wikipedia

The Paracas Candelabra is estimated to be approximately 595 – 800 feet tall and can be seen from as far as 12 miles out at sea. The geoglyph was created by cutting two feet deep into the hardened soil, with rocks placed around the figure. While scientists cannot be certain regarding the age of the Paracas Candelabra, pottery found in the area was radiocarbon dated to 200 BC. It is believed that the pottery belonged to the Paracas civilization, but it has never been confirmed whether they were responsible for creating the geoglyph.

The Paracas Candelabra was created by cutting two feet deep into the hardened soil. Credit: Javier Dominguez

The shape of the geoglyph is mysterious and somewhat difficult to describe. Some have likened it to a cactus plant, while others believe it looks more like a three-branched candlestick, hence the name “candelabra.” It begins with a single stem at the bottom, which then splits into three smaller branches and each of those separate out again.

An outline of the Paracas Candelabra. Image source .

The meaning and purpose of the Paracas Candelabra are unknown to this day. The Conquistadors supposedly believed the geoglyph represents the Holy Trinity, and took it as a good omen and a sign that they should proceed with their quest to conquer and Christianize the locals, although no clear historical records authenticate this assertion. It has also been said that the Conquistadors found a series of ropes and cords within the branches of the Candelabra, which may have been used in connection with a series of pulleys. Peruvian writer and commentator Beltrán García has been quoted as saying the Candelabra may have been “a gigantic and precise seismograph, able to register telluric waves and seismic shocks coming not only from Peru, but from all over the planet.”

Researcher Tony Morrison looked extensively into the local folklore surrounding the Candelabra, to determine its purpose. He interviewed Duncan Masson, a local Englishman who lived about 130 miles south of the Candelabra. Masson had heard first-hand accounts of the Candelabra from those who lived in the early 19 th century. According to these accounts, the Candelabra was used simply as a signal for sailors. The Paracas coastline has been a stopping point for sailors for many centuries. During times of layover, the sailors would have had plenty of time to carve the Candelabra into the hill.

The Paracas Coastline. Image source: Wikipedia

Some believe the Paracas Candelabra is a representation of a hallucinogenic plant called Jimson weed. It has been suggested the prehistoric inhabitants of the Paracas region would travel to what is now California to gather Jimson weed, which provided a hallucinogenic effect when smoked or steeped in water. The Candelabra then helped them to find their way home.

One theory suggests the Paracas Candelabra represents the Jimson weed. Image source .

Others have suggested that the geoglyph represents a lightning rod of the god Viracocha, who was the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America. According to mythological records, Viracocha rose from Lake Titicaca and brought forth light during times of darkness. He created the sun, moon, stars, and man. He disappeared across the Pacific Ocean, but would return during times of trouble. Creating the Candelabra as a symbol of Viracocha may have been an attempt to guide him towards the people of the Paracas to ensure he would help them during times of trouble.

Viracocha, god of sun and storms. Image source: Wikipedia

The true meaning and purpose of the Paracas Candelabra remain elusive to this day, and may be forever lost to history. Nevertheless, the enormous geoglyph continues to attract people from all over the world who marvel at its sheer size and wonder about its origin and creation.

Featured image: The Paracas Candelabra. Image source: Wikipedia

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The Paracas Candelabra – Bad Archaeology. Available from: http://www.badarchaeology.com/?page_id=428

The Candelabra of the Andes – Hows.org.uk. Available from: http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/hillfigs/foreign/cand/candel.htm

The Paracas Candelabra – Wikipedia. Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracas_Candelabra

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By M R Reese


Where to See Five of the Planet’s Most Mysterious Geoglyphs

The world is awash with mysteries both great and small, but one could argue that many of the planet’s most baffling wonders are best viewed from the sky: geoglyphs. Having been etched or otherwise built onto the earth by mankind thousands of years ago, these ancient designs give us a glimpse into societies of the past—and often still leave researchers with more questions than answers. Perhaps the most well known and frequently visited geoglyphs in existence are the Nazca Lines in Peru, the origins and usage of which have puzzled archaeologists since their discovery in the 1920s. While these particular earthworks tend to garner most of the attention, there are a number of other equally mysterious motifs located around the world. Here are five aerial-view anomalies worth a look.  

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Steppe Geoglyphs, Kazakhstan

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Often called the “Nazca Lines of Kazakhstan,” this cluster of approximately 260 earthworks in the Turgai region of northern Kazakhstan known as the Steppe Geoglyphs includes a variety of geometric shapes, including squares, crosses, circles and a three-pronged swastika-like design. The positive geoglyphs (meaning that their creators used earthen materials, such as dirt, rocks or lumber, to build them up out of the ground) range in size from 295 feet to more than 1,300 feet in length. Dmitriy Dey, a Kazakh economist, made the discovery in 2007 while browsing Google Earth. 

There has been some controversy over when they were formed, with some reports estimating the earthworks to be around 8,000 years old, and others pegging them closer to 2,800 years old. Some researchers believe that they’re the work of the Mahandzhar, a nomadic people who once roamed the area. However, scholars are still trying to decipher the geoglyphs’ purpose. One theory is that they were used to track the movement of the sun, but significant excavations of the mounds have not yet been done. Recently NASA provided archeologists with satellite photos of the site, in hopes that these images could shed light on the site's intended purpose. 

Blythe Intaglios, California

Located several miles west of the California-Arizona border, the Blythe Intaglios or “Blythe Giants” are comprised of six figures, including that of a human being and an animal. The largest of the carvings stretches 167 feet in length while the shortest is 95 feet. The local Mohave (or Mojave) tribe believes that the human figure represents Mustamho, the tribe’s creator, while the animal figure represents Hatakulya, a mountain lion who served as his helper. Perhaps what’s most intriguing is that they’re quite difficult to discern at ground level, since the desert etchings aren’t terribly deep. In fact, a helicopter pilot named George Palmer is credited with discovering them during a flight in 1930. While it’s unclear from archaeological studies when these geoglyphs were created (dates range between 450 and 2,000 years ago), the Mohave maintain that they have been a part of their heritage for centuries.

Paracas Candelabra, Peru

When most people think of Peruvian geoglyphs, images of the Nazca Lines come to mind. However, an equally impressive earthwork sits 116 miles to the northwest and is known as the Paracas Candelabra. Located on the Paracas Peninsula along Pisco Bay, the massive geoglyph roughly resembles a giant candelabra or branched candlestick, stretching 600 feet from top to bottom and carved two feet deep into the face of a hill. Carbon dating of pottery discovered at the site dates the pieces to approximately 200 BC, yet archaeologists have yet to conclude whether that time frame also applies to the candelabra, which can be seen from both the sky and by boat. Unfortunately, it’s anyone’s guess what its original purpose was, since there's no historic documentation in relation to their history. Researchers say it most likely served as a navigational beacon for sailors.

White Horse Hill, England

One of the most modern looking geoglyphs in the world also happens to be one of the most ancient. Located on a lush hill in Uffington, a parish in Oxfordshire, England, White Horse Hill dates back to a time between the Bronze and Iron Ages, roughly 1740 and 210 BC, making it the oldest chalk-cut hill figure in Britain. As with other geoglyphs found around the world, archaeologists can only guess as to its original use, which some believe to have been a fertility symbol or perhaps a territory marker. According to aerial imagery, the symbol has evolved over time due to movement of the topsoil, and time has revealed a larger horse-like shape lying beneath what we see most clearly now. Today the site, which is owned and managed by the National Trust, is a popular place for paragliding excursions, hiking and bird watching. 


Tourists Who Damaged Historical Site Aprehended

El, Candelabro, Paracas Candelabra, or, the Candelabra of the Andes is one of the most well-known prehistoric geoglyphs found in South America. It’s 595 feet tall and two feet deep, large enough that boats twelve miles out at sea can see the figure. Archaeologists have dated it using radio-carbon dating to around 200 BC, at the time of the Paracas culture.

The Paracas culture was an Andean society that existed between 800 and 100 BC, and were known for their distinctive ceramics and textiles, as well as for taking the heads off of their dead for ceremonial burials.

A lot of myths have been created surrounding the Candelabra geoglyph. Some think it’s related to Masonic symbols. Others think it’s a depiction of the Mesoamerican world tree, a symbol of the four cardinal directions, and a connection of the planes of the Underworld and the sky with the earth. Most likely, though, it’s a representation of the trident, a tool used by the god Viracocha, a very popular deity in South America, usually known as the pre-Inca creator god.

Tourists generally need to be on tour with a verified guide to visit the geoglyph.

This past weekend, the National Service of State Protected Areas (Sernanp) reported that a group of tourists rode motor vehicles into the national reserve in Paracas. The service shared a post on their Facebook page, saying that these motorists had no respect for Peru’s national heritage and that they were “irresponsible tourists”.

The damage done on the Caracas Peninsula [PHOTO: peruthisweek.com]

Sernanp reported that the tourists had managed to drive two trucks, an ATV, and a car into the protected area, of course creating damage all over the nearby plain of the Caracas Peninsula.

The minute the police rode onto the scene, the owners abandoned their cars and ran away. Just minutes later, when they reached the entrance to the Caracas Reserve, the park authorities apprehended them and took them to the police station in Paracas for processing.

The park rangers will be working on repairing the damage done to the site, and the Peruvian authorities are currently deciding what needs to be done about the vandals.


The Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines have been the subject of much speculation and theorising since they were rediscovered by the modern world in the 1940s. The lines are massive designs created in the Mars-like desert by removing the iron-filled rocks at the surface to reveal lighter-colored soil about five centimetres deep in a manner that creates patterns that can be seen from above. The best way to see the lines is by plane, but I chose the safer route and saw them from nearby miradores, hilltops or staircases that allow you to ascend high enough to see several of them. Some of these miradores are essentially staircases in the middle of the desert. It was difficult to even able to climb the staircase in the heat, so it is a wonder that people voluntarily created such large structures in such a barren, inhospitable environment.

The lone mirador in the desert used to view the Nazca lines. Image © Caroline Cervera.

The spiral is a very common symbol in this part of the world, frequently signifying the balance of opposing dualistic forces in nearby cultures. Pachamama, an important religious concept and deity in various ancient Peruvian cultures and even today, is associated with the spiral. This line is visible from a hilltop in the desert.

The spiral begins in at a central point and infinitely winds outwards into eternity. Image © Caroline Cervera.

There is also a grid visible from the same hill as well.

An ancient grid created from the stones in the desert. Image © Caroline Cervera.

While there is no consensus about their purpose, many have proposed fascinating theories about the lines. The tour guide told our group that the word Nazca means “thirsty and starving” in the local ancient language. While the area is a barren desert now, it was lush enough to support the people of the Nazca civilisation in ancient times. As the climate changed, it became more and more difficult for them to survive there. This theory suggests that the ancient people created the lines to signify their piety to gods in the sky and ask for water. Scholars have also proposed theories about the lines mapping constellations or other astronomical phenomena. Again, there is no academic consensus on the reasons, but it is intriguing to wonder why the Nazca people put so much effort into designs that are invisible when standing on the surface.

A hand design. Image © Caroline Cervera. The mountains surrounding the vast expanse of desert where many of the lines are located protect the lines from most wind erosion. Image © Caroline Cervera.

The lines are even more fascinating due to the unique combination of environmental factors that allow them to survive today. The Paracas Candelabra is located on the leeward side of an island which receives little to no wind and rain, making it the perfect environment for preserving such a design. The Nazca Lines are located in a desert and are surrounded by hills in all directions.

The lines were created by removing the iron-rich rocks at the surface to reveal the dirt beneath, which has a different color. In this close-up view, the shallowness and fragility of the lines are visible. Image © Caroline Cervera.

Still, the sites are not immune to danger. The lines are very shallow compared to the deeper Paracas Candelabra and have the potential to be damaged by vandals, natural disasters, and erosion. We may never know the true purpose of these lines, but their beauty must be preserved. The designs are fortunately under the protection of the government and in the case of the Nazca Lines, UNESCO, which both work to preserve these unique features for generations to come.


7.White Shaman Rock

The Ancient cultures of the Americas still hold numerous insider facts, and one approach to unravel them is by examining rock sketches. Close to the Pecos River in Texas’ Lower Pecos Canyon is one of the most oldest and most significant of these paintings—the White Shaman. A 7-meter (24 ft) work of art dated to more than 4,000 years ago, the White Shaman is thought to offer information with respect to an old lost religion.

Controversy encompasses the rock painting’s meaning. As of not long ago, most archeologists concurred that the fine art portrayed five human figures in fight or amid a pre-fight ritual. However, one archaeologist currently asserts it indicates individuals speaking with the spirit world, particularly using peyote.


Cerne Abbas Giant, England

Cerne Abbas Giant is and ancient geoglyph cut into the hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas near Dorchester in Dorset. The figure is over 55 meters (180 ft) high and his ‘virility’ is very obvious! During Roman times he was identified as Hercules and associated with a fertility cult, or Priapus Worship, revived by Emperor Commodus in the late 2nd century AD. Source: historic-uk

Cerne Abbas Giant, England – by PeteHarlow:Wikimedia


5 Ancient Geoglyphs Of Which You’ve Likely Never Heard

Ivan Petricevic – From giant depictions of what appear to be beings with Antennas carved into the ground, to perfectly aligned geometric shapes in the Amazon, here we bring you five ancient geoglyphs, you probably never hear of

Geoglyphs (aka Land pictures) are huge artworks created by cultures around the world, usually representing animals or intricate geometric figures. These incredible drawings were obviously meant to be seen from the air and are barely visible from the ground. While nearly everyone knows the intricate Nazca lines, in this article, we take a look at our top 5 Geoglyphs that you probably never heard of.

The Sajama Lines

These mysterious geoglyphs located in Bolivia are among the largest ever created in the world. According to researchers, they do not represent any recognizable forms and are impossible to see from the ground. These mysterious lines cover a staggering area of 22,522 square kilometers.

While their true origin and purpose remain obscure for researchers, there are some who have come forwards suggesting that these incredibly straight lines are in fact patterns with a religious purpose. Similar to the creation of the Nazca lines, the Sajama lines were created by removing the dark upper layer of soil, which exposed the lighter substrate located beneath.

The Sajama lines were discovered by explorers in the 1920’s and are believed to date back to around 900 BC. Their true origin ad purpose remains a profound mystery.

The Mysterious Paracas Candelabra

This mysterious geoglyph is one of our favorites. It was excavated on a sandy hillside located near the Pisco Bay, at the Paracas peninsular of central-east Chile.

The mysterious formation is perfectly aligned north and south and can even be seen around 12 miles from the sea. In the vicinity, researchers have discovered remains of pottery, which has led them to believe that the Paracas Candelabra is in fact the work of the Pre-Incan ‘Paracas’ People. The true meaning and purpose remain a widely debated subject among experts.

While the Paracas candelabra can also be seen from the sky, it’s not as visible as the Nazca lines which are located around 160 kilometers to the southwest. Researchers believe that the Nazca lines and the Paracas Candelabra are NOT related at all. Until today, the exact meaning and purpose of this intricate design remain a mystery.

The Atacama Giant

The Atacama desert in chile has been a very important place in the past and present. The Atacama desert features some of the largest collection of ‘pictorial’ geoglyphs discovered on the planet. Researchers have found approximately 5,000 examples in the area. Most of the geoglyphs from the area depict animals and humans but there is one anthropomorphic geoglyph that clearly stands out from the rest, and is considered to be an extraordinary example of ancient man’s ingenuity and talent.

Located near the town of Huara, there is a mysterious geoglyph that depicts what appears to be a humanoid figure which strangely resembles a mysterious alien being. Locally known as „El Gigante de Tarapacá,” the mysterious figure was created in the Lluta style, which according to researchers, tends to have long and narrow legs, combined with a square head.

The giant figure located near the eastern slope of Cerro Unita is the largest humanoid geoglyph on the planet with a length of eighty-six meters making it thirty-one meters longer than the Cerne Abbas Giant.

While many cannot agree as to what the mysterious figure actually is, there are some researchers who suggest that the Atacama Giant is a representation of a Pre-Inca Shaman, which is believed to have been depicted holding a bag and arrow.

According to experts, the square-shaped head is, in fact, a representation of a jaguar mask and the robot-like (or Alien) similarity is purely coincidental. Researchers estimate that the mysterious figure was created sometime between 800 and 1400 AD.

The mysterious ‘antennas’ seen sticking out from the head of the Atacama Giant are believed to be representations of ‘magical rays’ and are believed to have been used by the ancients as an astronomical calendar that helped them predict seasons and rainfall.

Even though many people disagree, there are some who believe that the Atacama Giant is one of the largest and oldest representations of Alien Beings that visited Earth in the distant past. Ancient Alien theorists suggest that the mysterious and anomalous shape of the Atacama Giant is proof of Ancient Extraterrestrial visitations and that the Atacama Giant does not represent an Ancient Shaman, but the beings that came down from heaven in the distant past.

The Mysterious Geoglyphs of the Amazon

Located near the town of Boca do Acre in Brazil, countless geoglyphs have surfaced due to the rapid deforestation of the Amazonian jungles. The new discoveries in the Amazon ave forced mainstream scholars to rethink everything they knew about pre-Colombian civilizations.

Due to rapid rates of deforestation, particularly in the Southwestern parts of the Amazon, thousands of previously unknown shapes have been discovered, visible from the air, or satellite images. The mysterious squares, circles, rectangles and interlinking lines are the ultimate evidence of the existence of a previously unknown civilization in the Amazon, one that might have numbered over 100,000 inhabitants during its peak.

Even though the first images indicating the presence of mysterious geoglyphs surfaced during the 1970’s, it wasn’t until 2006, when archeologists started using Google Earth that the number of geoglyphs became apparent. Their true purpose remains a mystery, however, their intricate design and quantity indicates that the ancient culture that created them was extremely advanced, most likely creating them as links between towns.

Visiting Boca do Acre via Google Earth, you will notice hundreds of intricate geometric patterns that according to archeologists, indicate the remains of deep earthworks most likely related to a pre-Columbian civilization that most likely inhabited the region sometime around 1000 AD.

The Blythe Intaglios

Located near Blythe, Riverside County in California, USA, there are quite a few examples of huge human like geoglyphs created in the past. Around 22 km from Blythe, there are approximately 60 humanoid figures carved into the surface. The largest of them is a figure of approximately 53 meters in length, researchers believe the mysterious geoglyphs were created by Native American Quechan (Yuma) and Mojave peoples, representing the only collective group of humanoid figures so far discovered on our planet.

The mysterious figures were discovered around 1932 and are believed to have been created around 1000 AD if not older. Just as many other geoglyphs in South America, the Blythe Intaglios were created by the careful removal of darker soil, revealing a lighter substrate located underneath. Researchers believe they represent figures of Yuman Mythology.


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5 Ancient Geoglyphs you probably never heard of

From giant depictions of what appear to be beings with Antennas carved into the ground, to perfectly aligned geometric shapes in the Amazon, here we bring you five ancient geoglyphs, you probably never heard of!

Geoglyphs (aka Land pictures) are huge artworks created by cultures around the world, usually representing animals or intricate geometric figures. These incredible drawings were obviously meant to be seen from the air and are barely visible from the ground. While nearly everyone knows the intricate Nazca lines, in this article, we take a look at our top 5 Geoglyphs that you probably never heard of.

The Sajama Lines

These mysterious geoglyphs located in Bolivia are among the largest ever created in the world. According to researchers, they do not represent any recognizable forms and are impossible to see from the ground. These mysterious lines cover a staggering area of 22,522 square kilometers.

While their true origin and purpose remain obscure for researchers, there are some who have come forwards suggesting that these incredibly straight lines are in fact patterns with a religious purpose. Similar to the creation of the Nazca lines, the Sajama lines were created by removing the dark upper layer of soil, which exposed the lighter substrate located beneath.

The Sajama lines were discovered by explorers in the 1920’s and are believed to date back to around 900 BC. Their true origin ad purpose remains a profound mystery.

The Mysterious Paracas Candelabra

This mysterious geoglyph is one of our favorites. It was excavated on a sandy hillside located near the Pisco Bay, at the Paracas peninsular of central-east Chile.

The mysterious formation is perfectly aligned north and south and can even be seen around 12 miles from the sea. In the vicinity, researchers have discovered remains of pottery, which has led them to believe that the Paracas Candelabra is in fact the work of the Pre-Incan ‘Paracas’ People. The true meaning and purpose remain a widely debated subject among experts.

While the Paracas candelabra can also be seen from the sky, it’s not as visible as the Nazca lines which are located around 160 kilometers to the southwest. Researchers believe that the Nazca lines and the Paracas Candelabra are NOT related at all. Until today, the exact meaning and purpose of this intricate design remain a mystery.

The Atacama Giant

The giant figure located near the eastern slope of Cerro Unita is the largest humanoid geoglyph on the planet with a length of eighty-six meters making it thirty-one meters longer than the Cerne Abbas Giant.

While many cannot agree as to what the mysterious figure actually is, there are some researchers who suggest that the Atacama Giant is a representation of a Pre-Inca Shaman, which is believed to have been depicted holding a bag and arrow.

According to experts, the square-shaped head is, in fact, a representation of a jaguar mask and the robot-like (or Alien) similarity is purely coincidental. Researchers estimate that the mysterious figure was created sometime between 800 and 1400 AD.

The mysterious ‘antennas’ seen sticking out from the head of the Atacama Giant are believed to be representations of ‘magical rays’ and are believed to have been used by the ancients as an astronomical calendar that helped them predict seasons and rainfall.

Even though many people disagree, there are some who believe that the Atacama Giant is one of the largest and oldest representations of Alien Beings that visited Earth in the distant past. Ancient Alien theorists suggest that the mysterious and anomalous shape of the Atacama Giant is proof of Ancient Extraterrestrial visitations and that the Atacama Giant does not represent an Ancient Shaman, but the beings that came down from heaven in the distant past.

The Mysterious Geoglyphs of the Amazon

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From giant depictions of what appear to be beings with Antennas carved into the ground, to perfectly aligned geometric shapes in the Amazon, here we bring you five ancient geoglyphs, you probably never heard of!
Geoglyphs (aka Land pictures) are huge artworks created by cultures around the world, usually representing animals or intricate geometric figures. These incredible drawings were obviously meant to be seen from the air and are barely visible from the ground. While nearly everyone knows the intricate Nazca lines, in this article, we take a look at our top 5 Geoglyphs that you probably never heard of.

The Sajama Lines
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These mysterious geoglyphs located in Bolivia are among the largest ever created in the world. According to researchers, they do not represent any recognizable forms and are impossible to see from the ground. These mysterious lines cover a staggering area of 22,522 square kilometers.

While their true origin and purpose remain obscure for researchers, there are some who have come forwards suggesting that these incredibly straight lines are in fact patterns with a religious purpose. Similar to the creation of the Nazca lines, the Sajama lines were created by removing the dark upper layer of soil, which exposed the lighter substrate located beneath.

The Sajama lines were discovered by explorers in the 1920’s and are believed to date back to around 900 BC. Their true origin ad purpose remains a profound mystery.

The Mysterious Paracas Candelabra
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This mysterious geoglyph is one of our favorites. It was excavated on a sandy hillside located near the Pisco Bay, at the Paracas peninsular of central-east Chile.

The mysterious formation is perfectly aligned north and south and can even be seen around 12 miles from the sea. In the vicinity, researchers have discovered remains of pottery, which has led them to believe that the Paracas Candelabra is in fact the work of the Pre-Incan ‘Paracas’ People. The true meaning and purpose remain a widely debated subject among experts.

While the Paracas candelabra can also be seen from the sky, it’s not as visible as the Nazca lines which are located around 160 kilometers to the southwest. Researchers believe that the Nazca lines and the Paracas Candelabra are NOT related at all. Until today, the exact meaning and purpose of this intricate design remain a mystery.

The Atacama Giant
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The Atacama desert in Chile has been a very important place in the past and present. The Atacama desert features some of the largest collection of ‘pictorial’ geoglyphs discovered on the planet. Researchers have found approximately 5,000 examples in the area. Most of the geoglyphs from the area depict animals and humans but there is one anthropomorphic geoglyph that clearly stands out from the rest, and is considered to be an extraordinary example of ancient man’s ingenuity and talent.

Located near the town of Huara, there is a mysterious geoglyph that depicts what appears to be a humanoid figure which strangely resembles a mysterious alien being. Locally known as „El Gigante de Tarapacá,” the mysterious figure was created in the Lluta style, which according to researchers, tends to have long and narrow legs, combined with a square head.

The giant figure located near the eastern slope of Cerro Unita is the largest humanoid geoglyph on the planet with a length of eighty-six meters making it thirty-one meters longer than the Cerne Abbas Giant.

While many cannot agree as to what the mysterious figure actually is, there are some researchers who suggest that the Atacama Giant is a representation of a Pre-Inca Shaman, which is believed to have been depicted holding a bag and arrow.

According to experts, the square-shaped head is, in fact, a representation of a jaguar mask and the robot-like (or Alien) similarity is purely coincidental. Researchers estimate that the mysterious figure was created sometime between 800 and 1400 AD.

The mysterious ‘antennas’ seen sticking out from the head of the Atacama Giant are believed to be representations of ‘magical rays’ and are believed to have been used by the ancients as an astronomical calendar that helped them predict seasons and rainfall.

Even though many people disagree, there are some who believe that the Atacama Giant is one of the largest and oldest representations of Alien Beings that visited Earth in the distant past. Ancient Alien theorists suggest that the mysterious and anomalous shape of the Atacama Giant is proof of Ancient Extraterrestrial visitations and that the Atacama Giant does not represent an Ancient Shaman, but the beings that came down from heaven in the distant past.

The Mysterious Geoglyphs of the Amazon
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Located near the town of Boca do Acre in Brazil, countless geoglyphs have surfaced due to the rapid deforestation of the Amazonian jungles. The new discoveries in the Amazon ave forced mainstream scholars to rethink everything they knew about pre-Colombian civilizations.

Due to rapid rates of deforestation, particularly in the Southwestern parts of the Amazon, thousands of previously unknown shapes have been discovered, visible from the air, or satellite images. The mysterious squares, circles, rectangles and interlinking lines are the ultimate evidence of the existence of a previously unknown civilization in the Amazon, one that might have numbered over 100,000 inhabitants during its peak.

Even though the first images indicating the presence of mysterious geoglyphs surfaced during the 1970’s, it wasn’t until 2006, when archeologists started using Google Earth that the number of geoglyphs became apparent. Their true purpose remains a mystery, however, their intricate design and quantity indicate that the ancient culture that created them was extremely advanced, most likely creating them as links between towns.

Visiting Boca do Acre via Google Earth, you will notice hundreds of intricate geometric patterns that according to archeologists, indicate the remains of deep earthworks most likely related to a pre-Columbian civilization that most likely inhabited the region sometime around 1000 AD.

The Blythe Intaglios

Located near Blythe, Riverside County in California, USA, there are quite a few examples of huge human-like geoglyphs created in the past. Around 22 km from Blythe, there are approximately 60 humanoid figures carved into the surface. The largest of them is a figure of approximately 53 meters in length, researchers believe the mysterious geoglyphs were created by Native American Quechan (Yuma) and Mojave peoples, representing the only collective group of humanoid figures so far discovered on our planet.

The mysterious figures were discovered around 1932 and are believed to have been created around 1000 AD if not older. Just as many other geoglyphs in South America, the Blythe Intaglios were created by the careful removal of darker soil, revealing a lighter substrate located underneath. Researchers believe they represent figures of Yuman Mythology.


1 The Emerald Tablet


The Emerald Tablet remains the most mysterious item on this list because, unlike the others, it does not exist anymore. We do not know its author, origin, or location. We do not even know exactly what it looked like.

All we know is that the first documented mention of the Emerald Tablet dates to an old Arabic book sometime between the sixth and eighth centuries. The earliest Arabic translations claim that the original text was in ancient Syriac. The first Latin translation of the text appeared in the 12th century, and multiple other translations have been made since then (including one by Sir Isaac Newton).

The text is considered the most important document in the field of alchemy. It is prized by alchemists because it supposedly presents information regarding the philosopher&rsquos stone, a substance able to turn base metals into gold. But despite allegedly holding such valuable information, nobody has ever successfully used the Emerald Tablet to achieve that alchemical feat.

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