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New ‘Mythical Beast’ Discovered in Peru, Depicts Nazca Geoglyph


A new mythical beast discovered by Japanese researchers in Peru has something staggering inside; it depicts a Nazca geoglyph.

Researchers at Japan’s Yamagata University discovered the new motif. They are working in the Nazca Pampas of Ica, Peru. The newly discovered image depicts a mythical creature which appears to have many legs. It has marks on the body and a tongue sticking out. It is located on the series of slopes and is visible from the ground.

“It certainly represents an imaginary or mythical creature,” Masato Sakai at the Yamagata University in Japan, said.

“Because the geoglyph is located on the slopes, it can easily be identified on the ground level,” Sakai told Discovery News.

The mythical creature stands 98 feet tall. It is a sort of drawing relating to Nazca mythology.

According to Fox News, the image was formed using an ancient technique belonging to the Late Paracas Period, (400-200 B.C.). The technique requires the removal of darker surface stones to upsurge the lighter stone ground underneath it. Subsequently, the removed stones are aligned in a manner to form an imagery.

Well, this is not the first time that Sakai’s team has unravelled new geoglyphs and reminded of the inception of Nazca in Peru. Last year, Sakai and his team used 3D scan and discovered dozens of geoglyphs of animals.

In 2011, Sakai astonished the world by discovering two geoglyphs of a human head and an animal on Peru’s Nazca Plateau. The place is officially labelled as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its numerous geoglyph discoveries.

“We discovered another geoglyph in 2011, not far from the newly found one,” Sakai said in a report by Red Orbit.

“It was created using the same technique and showed a pair of anthropomorphic figures in a scene of decapitation.”

Sakai believes that the geoglyphs have ancient links with the vast ceremonial centre of Cahuachi.

“Between these two geoglyphs was found an ancient path leading to the ceremonial centre of Cahuachi. We suspect that the geoglyphs were probably related to the pilgrimage to Cahuachi.” wrote Masato Sakai and Jorge Olano in a report by Yamagata University.

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