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5-4-2020

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This paper will diverge from the viewpoint that the Mochica line drawings are representations of the Mochica elite. It will explore the deeper symbolism behind the idea of the iguana as a visual metaphor for a portal to the spiritual realm in Mochica visual culture. I will focus specifically on the analysis of Mochica line drawings from ceremonial vessels. The analysis of these vessels will show that Iguana exists as a representation of a spiritual conduit, i.e., a portal between this world and the next--that Iguana exists outside of reality but has a foot in both realms. The use of Iguanas in Mochica visual cultural displays surrounding human sacrifice and important religious-cultural activities acts as a representation of a conduit between the inner world (the spiritual realm) and the outer world. They are not representations of leaders but symbols of portals between this world and the inner world. Iguanas by nature are creatures who exist in two worlds. Their natural habitat is not only water but high trees that reach into the sky. Andean cultures are heavily imbued with spiritualism and leadership melded with spiritual oracles and guides. My argument is that iguanas are not merely amorphized representations of the Mochica elite but are representations of spiritual conduits and portals that the Mochica elite used, explored, and encountered while partaking in mystical rituals. Iguanas exist as representations of visual metaphors for the walk between the natural and spirit worlds.

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May 4th, 12:00 AM

Sex, Drugs, and Human Sacrifice: The Exploration of Iguanas As Visual Representations of Spiritual Conduits/Portals in Mochica Sacrifice Scenes

This paper will diverge from the viewpoint that the Mochica line drawings are representations of the Mochica elite. It will explore the deeper symbolism behind the idea of the iguana as a visual metaphor for a portal to the spiritual realm in Mochica visual culture. I will focus specifically on the analysis of Mochica line drawings from ceremonial vessels. The analysis of these vessels will show that Iguana exists as a representation of a spiritual conduit, i.e., a portal between this world and the next--that Iguana exists outside of reality but has a foot in both realms. The use of Iguanas in Mochica visual cultural displays surrounding human sacrifice and important religious-cultural activities acts as a representation of a conduit between the inner world (the spiritual realm) and the outer world. They are not representations of leaders but symbols of portals between this world and the inner world. Iguanas by nature are creatures who exist in two worlds. Their natural habitat is not only water but high trees that reach into the sky. Andean cultures are heavily imbued with spiritualism and leadership melded with spiritual oracles and guides. My argument is that iguanas are not merely amorphized representations of the Mochica elite but are representations of spiritual conduits and portals that the Mochica elite used, explored, and encountered while partaking in mystical rituals. Iguanas exist as representations of visual metaphors for the walk between the natural and spirit worlds.