Across the globe, two ancient civilizations worshipped the Sun. In South America, the ancient Inca ruler Pachacuti came to power with help from a mirrored sun disk. In Egypt, the Pharaoh Akhenaten focused all worship on a sun disk called the Aten.
Were these both cases of worshipping an idol of the Sun, or was there more to the story? For ancient astronaut theorists, these disks seem to represent advanced technology of extraterrestrial origin. Critics and mainstream scholars would shine a light on expected earthly explanations instead.
In this first article, we’ll take a look at the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, and the mysterious legends of the sun disk, as shown on the Ancient Aliens series. Later, we’ll look at the stories of the Aten and Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Ancient Aliens Season 12, Episode 15 focuses on the story of Pachacuti and his mysterious sun disk. The show proposes that the sun disk was a literal communications device. Rather than merely an idol that one would pray too, it was perhaps similar to a modern smartphone with advanced computer circuitry.
“Worldwide, it doesn’t matter what ancient culture, there is some type of a worship of a disk that came from the sky,” says Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. “It’s possible that this disk had some type of an extraterrestrial connection and that this disk was a technological device.”
The legends about the sun disk suggest that it was used to open a portal to other worlds at the Gate of the Gods, La Puerta de Hayu Marca. The bizarre and spectacular 23-foot square doorway-like structure near Lake Titicaca is considered by some a possible Stargate. An average-height person can stand inside the carved out T-shaped “door.” In the middle of this door, there is a small circular depression, as if for holding something in place.
While it could merely be an abandoned project, local legends suggest otherwise.
According to Atlas Obscura:
“Locals are said to call the doorway the ‘Puerta de Hayu Marca,’ or ‘Gate of the Gods,’ and local legends apparently speak of people disappearing through the doorway as well as of strange sights, such as ‘tall men accompanied by glowing balls of lights walking through the doorway.'”
Another legend holds that the first Incan priest-king Aramu Muru took the sun disk to the Gate of the Gods and used it to open a portal. He stepped inside and disappeared forever, leaving behind the disk. After that, what happened to the disk is lost to history.
According to Ancient Origins:
“[Aramu Muru] approached a giant doorway cut into an artificially flattened mountainside. In the center of this stone indentation was a hollow into which he placed the sun disk. When he did so, the stone door shimmered and became bright. Aramu stepped through the portal and it thereafter returned to stone. He was never seen again, and the door never changed again.”
See the scene from Ancient Aliens as well as more background below:
More about the Gate of the Gods and Aramu Muru below:
In the video below, Ancient Aliens theorists speculate about what may have happened to the sun disk. Was it smuggled out of the temple through underground passageways near the fortress temple complex Sacsayhuaman? Or was the disk taken to the sacred site of Lake Titicaca, where the creator god Viracocha was said to have emerged?
Nobody knows, and so the mystery may always remain.
The sun disk is missing, but the amazing ruins of the Temple of the Sun, or Coricancha (Qorikancha) at Cuzco, Peru remains. The temple and garden were said to have been decorated with large quantities of gold and dedicated to Viracocha and his intermediaries with humans. Those governing intermediaries were the moon goddess Quilla, and her husband Inti, the god of the Sun.
Was the sun disk merely an idol of worship and prayer? Or was it something more extraordinary, a device for direct communication with the “gods?” Or even a device for opening a Stargate? You decide.
Next, learn about Pharaoh Akhenaten and his mysterious sun disk: What was the Aten, the sun disk of Pharaoh Akhenaten?
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