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Paqarina is a term that ancient Andeans used to describe the place of origin, and final destination, of their ancestors.[1] Paqarinas were associated with physical landmarks such as holes in the ground or lakes. In Incan mythology the word also describes a type of "portal" through which the forces of life and death flow.[2]


  1. ^ Tamara L. Bray (2014). Archaeology of Wak'as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes. University Press of Colorado. ISBN 9781492012702. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Lajo, Javier (2006). Qhapaq ñan : la ruta inka de sabiduría (in Spanish) (2. ed.). Quito: Abya Yala [u.a.] ISBN 9789978225943. Retrieved 27 September 2015.