Navels of the Earth
OmphalosAn omphalos is a religious stone artifact.
In Greek, the word omphalos means "navel".
The term "Earth Navel" was applied to some ssacred locations from the ancient world.
These sites were accredited with the title following their development into a sacred place, like Delphi or Jerusalem.
In certain cases, the original name of the site contained the word "navel".
Certain sites were given this status during construction.
The ancient Peruvian capital Cuzco literally means "navel", and it acted as such to the Inka Empire during its great expansion.
The mythology of Cusco recalls that the city was located by the "children of the sun", from Tiahuanaco, according to pre-designed rituals.