‘Home Made’ Ancient Inca Instruments Replicas Perfectly Mimic Different Animals Using Nothing But Water

Check out Jose Vitancio Umeres, an expert in prehistoric Peruvian wind/musical instruments, demonstrate how to use an ancient Inca whistling vessel known as ‘huascos.’

These ancient tools use the flow of water to mimic different animal calls.

The use of the tool dates as far back as ca. 500 BC. With the simple touch or tilt of each instrument, Umeres shows us just how simple it is to use these innovative Peruvian Inca wind tools.

He began by showing some of these sounds made from the interaction between water and air. The ones on his table are his reproductions of ancient originals. In particular the flute (forward to 1:52) shaped in the form of Pachamama “Mother Earth” deity: Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes.

Pachamama is usually translated as Mother Earth, but a more literal translation would be “Mother world” (in Aymara and Quechua mama = mother / pacha = world or land; and later widened in a modern meaning as the cosmos or the universe). Pachamama and Inti are the most benevolent deities; they are worshiped in parts of the Andean mountain ranges, also known as Tawantinsuyu (the former Inca Empire) (stretching from present day Ecuador to Chile and northern Argentina being present day Peru the center of the empire with its capital city in Cuzco).

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