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“The constellation of La Llama, in ancient Peru the majority of constellations seen in the sky was not made up of sets of stars, as we understand it today, but because of the black spots, the empty spaces between the sets of stars , the illuminated part of the sky.

Looking at the sky, the Andean constellation can be recognized because it has the shape of the neck and the head of a flame, and in the place of the eyes there are two very bright stars.¬†Perhaps because these Andean constellations are dark spaces, and because they represent the flame, the black wool flames were widely used in the main religious ceremonies of the Tawantinsuyu.¬†The constellation that we call Yacana, is the camac de las llamas, os its vital force, the soul that makes them live.”

“The Space Llama is one of the most important animals in the Andean cosmology. Its silhoutte appears in the dark areas between the stars. For this reason Llamas with black fur were very important in Andean cosmology.

Two very bright stars in the consellation of Centauri (alpha and beta) represent the Black Llama’s eyes.

The Andean cosmology legends tell us that Yacana (the Llama) was wandering with her baby along a river that crossed the entire sky (the Milky Way). The more she walked, the blacker she got. Her baby accompanied her throughout the sky. When the baby became hungry, Yacana fed it. When Yacana woke up, it became daytime. It is said that the person who find herself in a place where Yacana has fed her baby will have good luck for the rest of her days.

But Yacana is just and treated everyone equally. She would not give happiness merely to one man or one woman. At night, when nobody was looking, she used to go and drink water from the oceans. She drank of the water of pain, the water of sadness, the water of thirst and hunger.

She drank the water of the trajedy of humankind and prevented the seas from overflowing and flooding the earth.”

Based o the Inca stories of the sky – Antonio Claret.