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Caballito of Totora


The horse reed boat is built from three thousand years. C. with stems and leaves of reeds (Scirpus californicus). It is designed to transport a sailor with their gear, used for work on marine fisheries. The front end (Bow) is sharp and curved upwards, with the widest rear. Typically has a length of 4.5 to 5 meters; and a width of 0.6 to 1 m; its weight varies between 47 and 50 kg and can withstand 200 kg payload. Since three thousand years ago has not changed its design. Mochica and used it around 200 d. C., and is currently used by fishermen in Peru's north coast.

Peru, cradle of the art of surfing, traditionally, the roots of art of surfing to former members of Hawaiian royalty, who ran waves on boards built for themselves with native island materials trace directly. Since then, the art of surfing as the "sport of kings", and most of modern history is known, often based on studies done in the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, used to locate its origin in the blue waters Oahu and surrounding islands. No clutch for some decades, some progress in the field of pre-Columbian archeology tradicionles have revolutionized theories of origin of the art of surfing and its connection to the coastal civilizations.

This is because, thanks to discoveries of cultures in northern Peru, as highly developed as they became the ancient Egyptian civilizations, found evidence that these men came to ride waves five thousand years ago, such is the case of the recent discovery of the ruins of Caral, whose antiquity goes back five thousand years in the past. There are two cultures, Mochica and Chimu, identified through evidence of enormous ruins and archaeological sites. The remains of these cultures show a great marine influence in a highly than any other ancient civilization degree. In his iconography, as you can appreciate you in the remains found in the Huaca del Brujo, in the Moche Valley abound representations of endless sequences of waves as indicated by archaeologists, represented the movement, strength and power of the sea as source of life. Christopher Bell and Ricardo Morales, in his book. History of a Deity Mochica (1997) states: "These were societies of the first to be actively associated with areas of strong tides, through activities such as transport, fisheries, and rituals We have left numerous examples. designs "starring" by waves in religious iconography and art plotted in their tissues, friezes and ceramics, many of which are scale models of the first uses craft used for surfing. "