Culture of Tiahuanaco

Characteristics of a developed society


Map of expansion of Tiwanaku Culture in America, according to Arthur Posnasnky, in his book "Tihuanacu, the cradle of American man"

Many researchers have concluded that Tiwanaku was so important and that their culture had a large-scale expansion, which sowed the foundation for the development of other pre-Hispanic culture in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.

The results of the excavations and the many findings in the areas where the Tiwanaku culture had influenced, shows the political and cultural power it had in the past.

During he period of its existence, development and decline of more than two millennia, Tiwanaku had total regional dominance exercised by their social and political organization.

The result of this development reached a high artistic level seen in the materials recovered from the ruins and in all his drawings.

The architecture shows the use of large stone blocks in the construction of monuments, temples and monoliths. These stones were carved in great detail, with their stone tools, to give rise to majestic buildings.

The social life of Tiwanaku was deeply religious and dictated by rites and ceremonies, whose center of worship was the god Viracocha.

Tiwanaku ceramics had its heyday in the classical period. Many of the subjects of his drawings focusing on different animal’s representative of their culture, such as snakes, pumas, fishes.

At a metallurgical level they produced bronze, the alloy of copper and tin. This enabled the manufacture of hard tools to carve stone and managed to create beautiful pieces of jewelry.

In textiles concocted mantles, tunics and other garments, many of which showed the reasons for the war activity.

The livelihood of the inhabitants of Tiwanaku was based on farming and agriculture that was marked by the construction of ecological flats, in which they were planted different kinds of tubers, maize, potato, cassava and fruits.

The economic activity was based in Tiwanaku people exchanging products with the Amazonian peoples of the area.

Tiwanaku sculpture is displayed in the great monoliths and temples with anthropomorphic designs that exist on the site.

The tiahuanacotas were a great people, highly organized

Culture of Tiahuanaco



Social classes

State and expansion

Artistic production

Drawings and symbols

Prehispanic buildings

Theocratic state

Ceramic objects

Metals Processing

Gold works

Tiahuanacota textiles

Domestication of animals

Cultivation systems

Farming production

Great artists


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Panorámicas de Tiahuanaco