2. Rock symbols of flamingos, shamans, monkeys are thousands of years old

It's a symbol of #fertility and prosperity, I heard (though I couldn't help wonder why multiple llamas wouldn't serve the purpose). It represents how one llama stands guard as a sentinel while the herd eats, said a second guide. It symbolizes our attachment to both earth and sky, as one head faces each direction, a third hotel guide explained.

The next day, I saw a two-headed llama pictograph in a #cave, at the #YerbasBuenas site in this high desert close to the #Bolivia border. 

Since the #indigenous #people who painted many pictographs here - over 4,000 years ago, it's believed - left no written language, its meaning is uncertain. Nine shamans sat cross-legged, palms outstretched, in another pictograph. 

Three flamingoes - just like the ones we spotted in the #Atacama salt flats, the world's third-biggest, llamas (one head, I checked), a childbirth scene, even a long-tailed monkey, were portrayed in other pictographs, here in #Chile’s #archeology capital. 

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