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This is a view of one of the floating islands in the Uros group of islands at Lake Titicaca.

These floating islands are the home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. According to their legends, they existed before the sun, when the earth was still dark and cold. They were impervious to drowning or being struck by lightning. They lost their status as super beings when they disobeyed universal order and mixed with humans, making them susceptible to contempt. They scattered, losing their identity, language, and customs. They became the Uro-Aymaras, and now speak Aymara. Because of their simple and precarious lifestyle, the Incas thought them worth little and accordingly taxed them very little. Yet the Uros, with their basic reed homes outlasted the mighty Incas with their huge stone temples and mountain-top enclaves.

Information above taken from http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/topdestlaketiticaca/a/floatingislands.htm

Nikon D200
2008/07/07 08:08:54.8
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Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2008 Andre' Salvador
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