One morning in around 3300 BC, Catequil was out hunting for flamingos with his father. Catequil was a 15-year-old boy from the high Andean Plateau, living in what would be modern-day Peru.
As he and his father migrated back to their camp on the adjacent hillside, they stopped to rest on a formation of boulders.
While his father tied the dead flamingo to his back, Catequil found something that would change his life forever.
Wisdom, Rationality, Respect and Fortune
We cast ourselves ten years forward. Catequil has now left his high plateau homeland and now lives in Caral in the Supe Valley. Caral is the wealthiest and most developed city in the Americas. 700 years before the Egyptians started building pyramids, Caral had six large pyramid formations around a large central plaza. Catequil finds himself atop of the great pyramid looking out over Caral’s 5000 residents.
How did a boy from the mountains find himself in such a position?
At the age of 15, Catequil found the largest and most powerful piece of sodalite in existence at that time. Sodalite was unlike anything else in ancient Caral. No other object in nature was the deep blue color of sodalite, and as it was exceptionally rare, it was the ultimate status symbol.
There were only two groups of people in Caral culture who possessed this wondrous blue stone, the rich and the leaders of thought. The Caral were not too different to many other cultures to follow them in the region. They were polytheistic (they believed in multiple Gods) and they had a strong connection to the nature around them. However, one significant difference is the lack of weapons and defenses found in the region. The Caral were believed to be a mostly peaceful sect who valued wisdom and knowledge as much as power and strength.
Discovering sodalite meant you had been chosen to reveal its secrets, because within sodalite was wisdom. Catequil had migrated across the country with his sodalite stone tied to his neck. Everywhere he went he gave out wisdom and predictions, he solved conflicts and helped the sick. Remarkably what he was saying proved to be correct, and slowly, word of this boy wonder spread to the most sacred city around.
Upon arriving in Caral, the political and religious leaders greeted Catequil. This enormous piece of sodalite round his neck gave him the credibility he needed, but he still had to prove himself.
In the coming the years Catequil became a close aide to the king, Pachacuti. The king did not class Catequil as a shaman but as a man of knowledge and rationality. A shaman would speak with the spirit ancestors for answers, but Catequil could look inside himself and use the power of the sodalite.
At the age of 23, Catequil was made the chief aide to King Pachacuti and was asked to give a sermon from the great pyramid after every full moon. He spent the rest of his life advising, professing and predicting on all facets of Caral culture.
Before finding his sodalite stone he was a just poor mountain boy, but with its aid, he became the most respected voice in his whole civilization.
We will never know what happened to the giant sodalite rock that Catequil carried, but we hope that our sodalite wristwear gives you the wisdom, rationality, respect and fortune that Catequil was lucky enough to experience over 5300 years ago.