Magna Fountain

Magna Fountain  : Also known as Vaso Fuente, discovered in the Bolivian mountains, but inscribed with cuneiform characters of the Sumerian and Semitic language, typical of Mesopotamia.


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  • 1 History
  • 2 Description
  • 3 Mythology
  • 4 Utility
  • 5 Other information
  • 6 Sources


Everything that is known about its past is reduced to a few decades ago, when a family gave it to the municipality of La Paz in exchange for a property in the vicinity of the Capital, according to records in the museum of precious metals.

It was not until 2000 , when academic research became interested in the controversy that it represented, that the Magna Fountain was carefully analyzed by different professionals, who attributed the origin of its existence to religious ceremonies aimed at purification, in the antiquity of the first civilizations. human.


It is a large stone container found in Bolivia by a peasant around 1960 , in a field in the town of Chúa, near Lake Titicaca . While, on the outside, the fountain is engraved with zoomorphic bas-reliefs typical of the culture native to the Tiahuanaco, the inside is inscribed with a very old alphabet, relative to the Protosumerian culture, originating in the Mesopotamian zone, distant to dozens thousands of kilometers.

On the outside, the glass contains some zoomorphic bas-reliefs (of Tihuanacoid origin), while inside, in addition to a zoomorphic or anthropomorphic figure (depending on the interpretation), there are two different types of writing: Quellca, the language of the Pukara civilization, ancestor of Tiwanaku, about 3,500 BCE; and an ancient alphabet of proto-Sumerian origin.


In Sumerian mythology, Nammu (or Namma) is the Sumerian goddess of creation. In the Babylonian creation myth Enûma Elish, based on an earlier Sumerian mythology, Nammu is the primordial sea goddess who gave birth to heaven, earth, and the first gods.

The other symbols engraved on the vase are believed to be written in the Quellca language, the ancient language of the Pukara civilization, but the writing has not been deciphered. Outside we find a bas-relief attributed to the Tiahuanaco culture : a fish and a snake


It is a large, glass-like piece for libations, probably used during religious ceremonies. It was found in 1950 by a farmer near the town of Chua, near Lake Titicaca.

Other data

The artifact was delivered in 1960 by the Manjon family to the municipality of La Paz. The Magna Fountain, in fact, was discovered years before by a farmer in a family pantheon near Chua, about 70 km from La Paz, near Lake Titicaca. The artifact remained in the deposit of the “Museum of Precious Metals” for 40 years.

The specimen is currently the subject of debate among researchers, because it presents engravings that challenge current knowledge of the ancient history of our planet.

Some zoomorphic figures similar to those observed at the Tiahuanaco site can be seen on the outside of the Fuente Magna, while inside there are anthropomorphic or half-human, half-animal figures, depending on the interpretation.

In addition, in essence, the vase has two different texts, one written in “quellca”, the ancient language of the Pukara , forerunners of the Tiahuanaco civilization and others written in cuneiform script, in what has been identified by some researchers as proto -summer.


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