Italy embraces Machu Picchu and the ancient history of Peru

This content was published on November 19, 2022 – 08:51

Raul Martinez Mendo

Rome, Nov 19 (EFE).- The millennial history of the civilizations of Peru has arrived in Italy thanks to the Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) in Milan (north), with an original exhibition that allows you to travel back 3,000 years in time. time, learn about “the relationship they had with the afterlife” and see Machu Picchu, the sacred city of the Incas, from the air, thanks to virtual reality.

The exhibition “Machu-Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru”, which can be visited until February 19 at the MUDEC, begins with the fall of the Incas after the arrival of the Spanish in America to return to the birth of pre-Columbian cultures in a tour surrounded by terracotta figures, jewelry and centuries-old clothes.

“Through the archaeological finds on display, the Italian public has the opportunity to learn about the populations that developed in Peru as early as the third millennium BC and discover how they lived, their beliefs, customs and the relationship they had with the afterlife. “, detailed to EFE Paola Capitelli, one of those responsible for the sample.

To immerse the visitor in the ancient Andean world, the exhibition follows a storyline through a tour full of historical objects and immersive videos that are exhibited in three-dimensional reconstructions of different Peruvian urban and natural spaces.

The ruins of the citadel of Machu Picchu, proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1983, is one of the most outstanding sections of the exhibition, which exposes its temples, palaces, astronomical observation center, as well as the complex cultivation and construction systems .

“Ancient Peru is matched only by Ancient Egypt in terms of longevity and by Rome on a technical level. It was home to powerful and sophisticated societies that prospered for 5,000 years,” organizers said.

The exhibition tour also pays special attention to the human sacrifices that were carried out in the ancient Andean world and explains the way in which prisoners and defeated warriors were executed, who were offered as gifts to the gods.

“The moment their throats were slit they became sacred beings. Their blood, which gave life, was collected in cups and offered to the high priests, representatives of the gods,” they detailed.

After finishing the itinerary, visitors find one last surprise: a virtual reality system that imitates the experience of contemplating the ruins of Machu Picchu and the forests of the Amazon jungle from the sky from a flight simulator equipped with reality technology. virtual.

This experience “stimulates the sensations of height, sound and movement” experienced when flying over Machu Picchu, explained the exhibition team.

The exhibition, inaugurated on October 8 and which “is registering a good influx”, according to Capitelli, was organized with the collaboration of the Government of Peru and institutions such as the Larco Museum in Lima, which donated the more than 170 objects and gadgets historical events that can be seen in the exhibition.

Among the exhibits, a copper funerary mask decorated with feline claws made of animal remains and with snake-shaped ears that introduces the figure of the mythological hero Ai Apaec, leader of a rural Andean community capable of taming the forces of nature, stands out.

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” is the main initiative of what is known as the “Year of Peru” in Milan, a project launched last June and which until March will offer events and activities such as conferences, workshops, round tables and shows on the world, culture and Peruvian history. EFE



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Italy embraces Machu Picchu and the ancient history of Peru