Viking fires for King Arthur

Last year I lost several photos, hundreds, thousands perhaps. It doesn’t matter, I’ve my memories and what I lived is more important. Despite that it was a great relieve that not everything was lost. Indeed I copied before the end some of the photographs, so I think these photographs are survivors :-) I took hundreds of photos in Sillustani but now I have just less of fifty. I used the Olympus SP-500uz a bridge camera with a little sensor, that was before filters, nd grads, or even a tripod, but the place is so beautiful that it’s hard to not take a beautiful photograph.

The one I choose as first image is representative of Sillustani. Sillustani is an old cemetery used for the noble people, qhapaqs for example. But you have to take into account that in our world or culture the dead are not dead, they live, it’s just another way of life: they still have their family and their properties. I am not sure but probably their bodies were in home and the uta Amaya (what is called improperly chullpa) is just a symbol.

Is for that reason that I entitled the image with king Arthur, in a certain way these place, this singular cemetery, is the memorial for kings (qhapaqs) or nobles or wealthy people, that actually aren’t dead, just living another live. Dreaming.


Sillustani is half way between my city, Juliaca, and the capital of the region, Puno. You have to take a taxi to Sillustani that is preceded by Atuncolla. An old town I think considering the architecture.

Lithic Times

Umayo Lagoon:

Sillustani has a view over the Umayo Lagoon. The water has a special meaning, and it’s venerated, it multiply the sacred character of Sillustani. Probably it was the pacarina of the nobles (pacarina is a special place with a lagoon, lake, mountain, or hill that it’s bonded with you the same way a grandfather with his grandchild)

Dead eyes seeing us

between two Oceans

The Road toward Sillustani:

You have to buy a ticket and that’s all, just walk the road and see with open eyes and hear the silence. Sillustani is a special place. I don’t like to take photographs to cemeteries, but Sillustani is something more than a cemetery, it’s a machine with other functions, with other meanings. There is a mystery and we don’t remember it yet.

Nervous Zig-Zag

Lands touching the sky

Portrait of a walker

Hanan Pacha, Uku Pacha, Kay Pacha

Aymara EVA

Last Stand

Eternal Conversation

Blood Fire Flower

Survival piece of magic machine

Stone Angel’s Wings

Symmetrical reflex

Prison of three stones

Watcher of the infinite wait

A hole where should be my heart

Together forever and one day more

I was here, I am here

I’ve seen things u wouldn’t believe


you’re me, I’m you

Ruins of ancient telecommunicator

Spiral Snail

We’re giants too!

Shall we play?

And that was a bit of my visit to Sillustani. You cannot see it in the photographs but the towers are truly giants. They were built with the nature in mind to the scale, but they don’t look threatening, a design with soft curves help to see them instead friendly. As I said the death in Perú has a meaning totally different from what the Spanish invaders believed. We have to care our dear relatives even in the grave because they still deserve our affection and respect.

It was always thus and always thus will be.


4 thoughts on “Sillustani

  1. I like the peruvian conception of the death…..many thanks for these beautiful pictures and what you say, francis (I progress in English with you! and my husband is happy about that)
    your pictures and your words make me feel good in this moment when the people die in paris….

    1. That’s a nice compliment and I’m happy that my publications help to travel a bit in these days…
      And thank you malyloup for your effort to read in a foreign language. Actually it’s not my language so I know there are mistakes, thanks for your patience. A sourire towards you.

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