Meanings on Khipus!

American Anthropologist will publish my research report, “Ply, Markedness and Redundancy: New Evidence for How Andean Khipus Encoded Information” in September (although it will be available earlier online); Latin American Antiquity will publish an article on the khipu board, “Knot Direction in Khipu/Alphabetic Text from the Central Andes”, in June. So many people helped me with this work — I’m very grateful!

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  1. cecy colichon
    cecy colichon says:

    Hello :

    My name is Cecy Colichon and I am an artist of the visual arts.

    Last year I posted a paper at referring to a body of work I created in reference to the peruvian Khipu. I was notified that you had read it and I am taking the liberty to contact you because I thought that you might be curious about how the images compare to what I wrote and look like. I have created a power point containing the 118 images, but you can also see these images at the website above, if you prefer to do so.

    Cecy Colichon

  2. dan winter
    dan winter says:

    to dr hyland

    physics of khipu knot structure

    from dan winter

    early when we were developing the
    the toroid knot theory and animations
    of the origin of alphabets

    (we called them the alphabets of a sequence of the shadows
    of slip knots in rope

    we communicated with louis kaufmann
    from u chicago
    who was developing has famous knot theory of physics
    and letters

    note at the link that each
    letter is quite literally the tilt angle of a toroidal knot

    does this interest you?

    re: transliterating the khipus

    dan winter


  3. Annie Kuijpers
    Annie Kuijpers says:

    Hi, yesterday I saw your documentairy of finding the ancient Khipus on Nat Geo’s tv. It was overwelming. Aspecialy because, about 2,5 years now,I have very strong and impressive dreams/visions concerning the Incas. I am born and raised in The Netherlands and I have never been to Peru. So untill now I didn’t know what to do with all the information I received. So I hope I can help you with this information.

    One of those visions is about the Khipu : A Khipu is not written in an alphabet whith letters as we know or symbols as the are used by the Egyptians. A Khipu is a complete historie and scientific book. Each string respresents an event: the combination of used thread, used color, type of knot, place on the string of each knot etc. It tells us When (based on the position of the sun, moon and the stars on that moment), Who (based on his/hers social position), Where (based on specific details of that part of the empire), etc. It is a complete different way of reading as we know.

    The Khipus were made by the hands of the high priests and they didn’t not only “put down” their knowledge but also their spiritual energy into the Khipu. So even without a Khipu board it should be possible for a high spiritual person to read and understand it.

    I am aware that most of the scientists are basing their findings on facts and don’t want have anything to do with the spiritual side of all there is. But using the help of such a person can be of great value in your research.

    Would you please keep me informed about the progress of your research?

    Kind regards,

    • Sabine
      Sabine says:

      Dear Annie, Thanks for your message. I was in Peru doing fieldwork when you wrote it, so did not see it before. Your insights are very interesting and I appreciate your honesty in telling me about them. I can tell you that your ideas about how “who” was indicated on khipus seems to be right on the mark. I hope to be publishing more about my khipu research soon, and will mention my publications here when they come out. Kind regards, Sabine


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