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Peruvian Solid Sterling Silver Chakana Pendant - 1.5 in sq

Peruvian Solid Sterling Silver Chakana Pendant - 1.5 in sq

$75.00

(Out of stock)

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Peruvian Solid Sterling Silver Chakana Pendant - 1.5 in sq

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Our stunningly simple and elegant hand-wrought sterling silver chakana shaped pendant is a perfect piece and one of the most enduring symbols of the Inca civilization.  Who would think that a pendant so simple would be packed with so much meaning and symbology from Incan mythology?  The surface of this pendant is a smooth, flat plane.  Chain sold separately. Handcrafted in Peru.

SKU: j10-044
  • Product Size:
  • pendant 1.75 inches square
$75.00

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The Chakana (or Inca Cross) symbolizes for Inca mythology what is known in other mythologies as the World Tree, Tree of Life and so on. The stepped cross is made up of an equal-armed cross indicating the cardinal points of the compass and a superimposed square.

  • The three levels of existence are Hana Pacha (the upper world inhabited by the superior gods), Kay Pacha, (the world of our everyday existence) and Ucu or Urin Pacha (the underworld inhabited by spirits of the dead, the ancestors, their overlords and various deities having close contact to the Earth plane).
  • The hole through the center of the cross is the axis by means of which the shaman transits the cosmic vault to the other levels. It also represents Cuzco, the center or navel of  the Incan empire,
  • The four main arms of the cross may represent the Southern Cross constellation or the four provinces surrounding Cusco.
  • The cross has 12 points and legend has it these points represent the following sayings, affirmations and life points: I live, I work, I love; the underworld, current world, and upper world; the cougar, eagle, and serpent.
  • The four flat sides represent the elements of water, air, earth, fire.
  • For some, the ymbol has mathematical and geometrical significance.