Sin Palabras (Speechless) – Punta Arenas, Chile - Atlas Obscura
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Sin Palabras (Speechless)

An hour south of Punta Arenas (Chile) along the Strait of Magellan, a Kcymaerxthaere plaque tells the story of Culev Larsze, cursed to live without words. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios is acting as our Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations will be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

Some distance from this hillside, legendary heroine of Kcymaerxthaere, Culev Larsze, is said to have prevailed in one of the great debates of all the times. 

It was her alone against the Gods and yet they were no match for her sharp mind, in the arguments at least. But soon after her she got her way, it looked like they would have the last laugh after all.

Because it was then she made her only mistake–she started to smirk.

The Gods realized she had tricked them and so they took their revenge swiftly. Kmpass, the Urgend God of Directionality, told her that they would take away her gift of language–she could not even talk to herself until she spoke without words to one with words.

They set her down on this hillside, overlooking the gap she had inspired. She looked in a pool of water at her reflection and she could see herself struggle to speak, but she could not even articulate her own loneliness. It was the darkest time, the emptiest time.  And so her journey to lift the curse began. 

When you visit the site, please pay special attention to the two pools to the left of the marker.


Know Before You Go

53 km south of Punta Arenas on Route 9, look for the striking Aonni water bottling plant. Park there and the mark is up the hill.

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