On this trip to my farm, I did a walk thru with two knowledgeble people who are Ecuadorian and experienced in ancestral knowledge and andean agriculture. To my surprise, they both told me I have a ceremonial mound called a tola. It is considered a powerful energetic point or center of the land, basically of the entire farm in this case.
It is where energy radiates or is created, and symbolizes a mothers whom. It is used to heal people, and originates from the yachac's (quechua word for shaman). Andean culture share the belief (as many other ancient cultures), that all illness is a decrease in energetic vibration of the body, before and while it is manifested in the physical. The tola is for healing ceremonies, to raise the energetic vibration of the person(s) in it, and it is considered a direct connection to the cosmos. In ancient times, the tola also had a pyramid constructed over it to focus the energy on the people inside.
It is located using an instrument, called a tupuc. It is flower shaped with a point at the end, where a shaman holds the tupuc until it carries and points them to the energetic center of the land. The tupuc pics up the energetic points or lay lines where the tula is to be created.
It's shape is a circular mound surrounded by stones giving it structure, with an entrance/exit for an unbilical cord (symbolized by a tree tunnel). The tree tunnel is created by planting them into a topiary, giving them the form of a passage way leading to the center of the mound. These trees are important in the cosmo vision, as they are considered spirits and are often referred to as grandfathers or abulelitos, who assist in the healing of the earth and the individual in the center.
We will be restoring our tola at some point and will share the pictures of our progress as it goes!
Thank you for reading,
Theses photos of a reconstructed tola were taken at the Jatun Yachay Wasi; Ancestral Wisdom & New Consciousness University in Colta, Ecuador.