Kathy Doore is a founder of a global yachting-based tourism business who currently specializes in leading sojourns to ancient cities and sites. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. Peter E. Schneider is a former international instructor of the Silva Method. In addition to managing the family wool business and producing radio shows, he has developed a rainforest lodge. He lives in Lima, Peru.
Markawasi: Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forestby Kathy Doore
Created for adventurers and armchair travelers alike, this photo narrative offers a true account of an ancient lost humanity of mysterious origin whose hidden legacy carved gigantic, towering stone monuments pointing to a message with predictions for the future. Through a perusal of the cultural, historical, and often magical lore associated with the ancient Peruvian mesa—woven into a tapestry of more than 300 dazzling images, illustrations, and walking maps—readers will come to understand the site’s pivotal role as a repository of ancient knowledge. More than a traditional guide, this is a powerful handbook, facilitating the traveler intent upon achieving an intimate and transformational experience and showing how a simple change in one’s perspective can open an entirely new chapter in the way human history is perceived. Boston University professor of geophysics, Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., provides a comprehensive introduction to the work, while contributions from a variety of archaeologists, journalists, scholars, and fellow travelers illuminate the deeper mysteries of Markawasi. A section of travel tips, a camping guide, and general advice on high-altitude travel provide hints for those interested in making the journey.
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I eagerly awaited the delivery of Kathy Doore's new book; Markawasi: Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forest and was delighted the day it arrived. The book's cover is a stunning glossy black. It features a photograph of a native woman, San Pedro de Casta resident Brigaida Bautista Medina, in traditional regalia. Her profile is juxtaposed with a profile of the "Monument to Humanity," the gateway to Markawasi's Stone Forest. The gargantuan boulder looks remarkably like the woman even down to the shadow cast by the sun onto their faces. The photograph is an excellent foretaste of the images yet to be revealed. The design and layout of the book is exquisite. The use of color-coded backgrounds by section, and the more than four hundred brilliant photographs and illustrations contribute to a dazzling visual experience. There is no doubt that the horizontal format was selected to convey the grandeur of this stone forest by using twenty-two inch panoramic sized images stretched across the pages. Without reading a word, I was already captivated by the unique wonders of Markawasi: Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forest. Markawasi is a travel guide, personal journey and catalyst for awakening others to the healing powers that lie deep within the Earth. It is also the story of how these powers are manifested in the mysterious and mystical images revealed in the rock faces of the Markawasi Stone Forest. The "Temples of Light and Shadow" that make up the Stone Forest are mapped with geographic coordinates (GPS) to facilitate viewing each stone sculpture from the optimal vantage point. Each sculpture is presented on a separate page with photographs and illustrations. For example, the Woman with Child sculpture on pages 56-57 is illustrated by a photo insert of a native woman carrying her child tied to her back in a rebozo (manta) along with a drawing to help the reader "see" the features of the sculpture. Much of the commentary is from the archives of Daniel Ruzo, who originally observed and catalogued the major sites of Markawasi over a nine-year period in the mid- 20th Century. The key to understanding Markawasi and its profound beauty lies in your point-of-view, a theme that permeates the book. In fact, Ms. Doore's presentation is very comprehensive and covers not only the typical guide-book information you would expect. But, more importantly, she explains what cannot be seen, the mythology and legend surrounding the origin and meaning of the site as well as the culture of the people of San Pedro de Casta, the caretakers of Markawasi. Ms. Doore artfully prepares the reader for the impact of the mystical experiences recounted by the Markawasi contributing authors. First, she introduces the geological theories of the origin of the Stone Forest and the opinion of some that the sculptures are simply "simulacra", natural objects that in the mind's eye take the shape of human faces and animals. She then places the Markawasi site in the context of other archeological sites in Peru such as Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley of the Incas, as well as sacred sites around the world that are linked by the similarity of the symbols discovered at the sites. Add to this milieu, the mystery surrounding the interpretation of the Nazca Lines and the discovery of "gliptoliths" in the Ocucaje Desert purported to document the origin and evolution of humankind. And finally, the archeological history of the site is presented