Folklore Versus Reality
Some archaeologists suggest the Sicán people viewed themselves as descendants of Naylamp, a deity who supposedly founded their civilization. According to legend, Naylamp arrived from across the ocean with a huge fleet of rafts and warriors to forge a new society.
In 2006, Carlos Wester La Torre, director of the Brüning National Archaeological Museum, and a team of archaeologists excavated a complex of tombs near the modern city of Chiclayo. There they found a peculiar temple complex that suggests to them the temple’s architects were indeed descendants of the legendary Naylamp. The complex dates to approximately when Naylamp is believed to have emerged.
- Carlos Wester La Torre