Palo Santo Chakana Inca Cross Beaded Necklace
The Chakana, or Inca cross is a religious symbol with rich meaning. Many more complex interpretations are worth exploring but a simple interpretation of the cross is:
At the heart of the symbol is a circular hole which represents the city of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and navel of the Incan world. Surrounding this circle are four corners, ridged with three steps each. Each of these corners is believed to have meaning, although there is disagreement as to what those meanings are.
The significance of one of those corners is generally agreed upon. Each of the three steps of one corner is meant to represent one of the three worlds of the Inca belief system. This includes the lower or underworld, Uqhu Pacha, represented by the snake; the middle world, that of the humans, called Kay Pacha and represented by the puma; and finally the upper world of the gods, Hanan Pacha, represented by the condor.
The outermost cross represents the cardinal points on a compass, North, South, East and West, indirectly relating to the Sun god or highest deity. The center hole is the passageway between levels.
About Third Eye Wood Jewelry
Imported from Peru, the Third Eye Wood Palo Santo jewelry is a rare find in the U.S. marketplace. Now you can take the delightful fragrance of Palo Santo with you when you adorn yourself with this simple, yet eye-catching, jewelry. Aromatic Palo Santo wood is fashioned by indigenous people into beads and shapes, then assembled into these lovely necklaces and bracelets. The gentle aroma will tease you all day as motion and body heat release the beautiful scent.