The possibility of flying flawlessly like an eagle fascinates man time and again.
Honing birdmen among Incans, for example, was believed an earnest goal, having the need for messengers, though disapproved by some. Thus, not only were the Incas some of the earliest conservationists of birds, but they also revered eagles for their power and speed, for being high flyers, and the manner they nurtured their younglings.
Birdmen were believed trained on their tenth birth year for this was the age when children were expected to take part in family affairs. So they begin to understand the theory of flight, the lift, the drag, the thrust; of descending like an eagle, of swooping down as smoothly and as gracefully — not spilling a drop.
With the use of improvised wings, every aspiring birdman must learn to control his wings and do a perfect job of it. The birdman is to master the textbook-perfect approach to the landing area, to glide in just above stall speed; and then at the last moment, lean back sharply, bringing the wing’s beak up.
The birdman learns to fly as naturally as the eagle it revers. For example, he turns left by dropping his left wing like so. But not much or he will fall out of his wings or lose control. The trainer is bound to carefully and patiently explain the movements to the aspiring birdmen until it is sure every birdman knows what to do precisely.#
Some books are personal picks. Some books are required readings. Some plots stick. Some are fleeting. But every once in a while, there is always that book which swallows a reader whole. It strikes like talons of descending eagles. Its messages are sharper than untamed claws of eagles tearing skin and flesh.
For readers who adore indigenous wisdom, such as the imprints of Incan civilization of Peru, books on tribal wisdom sow a renewed faith in humanity, in old systems that exalt the value and dignity of family, community, respect for nature and nature-worship, deities and divinity – tradition.
Its story grips like talons of eagles striking into every reader, leaving welts in the heart: impressions of a lifetime!
For example, knowledge is given to all so that it might be shared for all, not kept to one. Every person who values this teaching will pass it on to their children. Thus, knowledge takes on the pattern of infinity, that which can’t be broken down. Instead, it’s passed on in various forms with varied levels of intensity and impact to the receiver.
As a tribe, people thrive through a nurturing nature. No problem is ever so bad that hugs and pats would not cure. This is another example of valuable indigenous teaching.
When governance systems, flight or transport, or even writing doesn’t work, Incan wisdom underscores. If it doesn’t work, all we have lost is time but even that isn’t wasted if we have learned something.