The community of Shiripuno has been able to find in the cavities and natural forms of the rock countless representations.
When tourists come they are invited to guess these forms, and curiously tourists are seeing them: there are snakes, jaguars, even a woman who seems to be praying to what they call “the virgin”.
When I observed this, it reminded me of how I also try to recognize and make comparisons with the shapes that come out of the tonoscope. Apart from the fact that these forms may exist, (as is the case with prehistoric paintings and engravings), which nobody knows, or the fact that they may have been engraved by the hand of man or be simple forms inherent to the rock . The question that centers my interest is the fact that cultures seek to identify, “recognize”, and look for patterns, structures or recognizable forms in the phenomena that are mysterious and unknown to them. And even, why not, the fact that these forms are sacralized.
La Roca Sagrada
During my stay in Puerto Misahuallí in the Kichwa community of Shiripuno, there was a rock that they said came from a meteorite, which they called “the sacred rock.” To which I composed one of my songs. The mysterious sacred rock of Shiripuno, appeared by chance when Teo, an expert guide in biology and snake venoms, which is recognized internationally, was going to build his house.
“ All you can see ”
Kichwa woman of Shiripuno showing the figures of the sacred rock