Now let me add more information about the origin of the Lambayeque Culture, I promise it will be interesting.
According to the story, Naylamp brought with him an idol, made of a green stone and him and his entourage made a temple where they put the green stone
The name of the stone was "Llampayec", that is the origin of the word "Lambayeque".
Besides northern Peru, where else can we find a similar idol ?
The Altun Ha jade head is truly a remarkable object and exquisite work of art. It is the only one of its kind in all of Mesoamerica. Because it
was carved with nothing more than stone tools, we know that it may have taken many months, if not years, to produce. It was also carved from one large
solid piece of jade that was imported from the Motagua River Valley region of Guatemala. Jade was also the most precious of stones to the Maya. Beside
its exotic origins, its green colour reflected that of water and the corn plant, the two most precious, life sustaining substances to the ancient Maya
of northern Belize.
About the material the idol was made of, we must discard emerald. Remember the information we are sharing came from the spaniard chronicles, they knew
how an emerald looks like. I did a thread about it not too long ago, if references are needed.
One possibility is that the idol was made of jade. In that case we must analyze that option.
Jade occurs naturally in very few places in the world, although the term jade has been often used to describe a variety of minerals used since
ancient times to produce luxury items in many different regions of the world, such as China, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Neolithic Europe and
Another possible material could be Malachite, in that case we should point where it can be found :
Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals, Russia. It is found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Gabon;
Zambia; Tsumeb, Namibia; Mexico; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Lyon, France; Timna valley, Israel, and in the Southwestern United States notably in
Here some more information about malachite :
The first culture to make extensive use of malachite was that of Egypt, a country whose history with malachite goes back at least as far as 4,000
BC when it was heavily mined in the Sinai -- near what is now the Suez Canal -- and in the famous King Solomon's copper mines on the Red Sea.
Seems like the more we dig, the more we find.
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