In the introduction I proposed a modified legend, i.e., a different Rock of the Puma. This idea came after remembering Ashley's revelation and doing three things in the past couple of days, i.e., finishing Robert Silverberg’s “The New Springtime;” seeing National Geographic’s Megadisaster show on meteorite impacts; and seeing PBS’s show on DNA migration, especially the part about Vitamin D absorption vs. skin color as you move north from the equator.
An alternative interpretation of the Viracocha legend could be that a high-tech, white bearded guy (e.g. from an “Atlantis” type civilization) escaped a major meteorite impact event in an aircraft, landed in Lake Titicaca, and "emerged" from the lake. He would be from well north of the equator based on skin color. With his knowledge, he would seem like a god.
After an impact event, a high altitude fresh water lake may have been the best place for human survival. Plants that grow in a cold climate were already there. Any fireballs or tsunamis from the impact would probably have missed this place. Would the sun and moon emerge first at high altitudes after an impact-generated winter? Thus, another possible interpretation about the Rocks of the Puma (dark one vs. pink one) legend.
Other thoughts include the following: 1) Since the face on the pink rock looks more like a bearded man and the one on the dark rock looks like a puma, could there also be a skin color correlation? and 2) Such a man would have knowledge of aircraft. Maybe the Nazca Lines were for post-impact survivors and not UFO’s as some have surmised. Take a look at these pictures and decide for yourself if they support such a legend.
When I was there I saw many hippies around, it was like going back to the 60s, long hairs, sandals, Indian stuff... In Copacabana you could see them at the strteets selling neckless, laces...
And I guess if I was a hippy, Sun Island would be a great place for me: mystic, isolated, natural, cheap, beautiful...
I was lucky enough to see a local wedding when I arrived to the island. In fact there were 2, as it was sunday afternoon, a good day for weddings. I didn't go in, but it seemed like a nice gay meeting!