INCAWORSHIP OF ANCESTORS AND SPLIT INHERITANCE

The people of the Andes knew that a lightning in the sky could spread death just as a crashing tree could do, but they also knew that without rain that followed the lightning and without food growing on the ground, no one could survive. Life and death were connected. It was discovered that seeds could…

PERU: THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF THE EMPIRE

In 1493, Huayna Cápac, the 11th Sapa Inca, took over the Inca dignity of his father, Túpac Inca Yupanqui. During Huayna Cápac, the number of revolts rose, and the main reason for this is believed to have been the extensions, that Cusco lay so far away that the original reciprocity – Pachacútecs principle of reciprocity,…

PERU: ACLLAHUASI

Aclla is Quechua for a Sundaughter. Acllakuna is often translated the chosen women; huasi means house. We are at the remains of the acllahuasi, which Garcilaso described: A quarter of the city of Cusco was called Acllahuasi, House of the Chosen Women. The quarter is between two streets that run from the main square to…

PERU: INCA MARRIAGE

Sarmiento wrote that Sinchi Roca married Mama Cuca from Zañu. One generation before, Pedro Cieza de Leon had written that Sinchi Roca had been married to his sister and that their son Lloque Yupanqui had been married to the leader of Zañus beautiful daughter. Whether both Incas were married to a woman from Zañu is…

PERU: THE SECOND INCA

We could – submissively of course – ask Manco Cápac, Son of the Sun: How can you, Divine Ruler, name your heir, your son? As Son of the Son of the Sun? Do you think so? The name is jarring in the ears! That is the problem of a hereditary, supposedly divine, power to a…

PERU: THE GREAT FLOOD

A third myth about the early people sounded: In ancient times, a long time before there were Incas, the lands of Peru were heavily populated with people who lived in disarray without lords and justice. These people were savages and lived without order or reason. And before the Incas a great flood came upon this…

PERU: THE FIRST PEOPLE, THE FLOOD AND THE DEVIL

I will start with a creatorgods difficulties: At the beginning of the world came from north a man called Con. He had no bones but flew agily wide. To make his way short he smoothed the mountains and filled the valleys solely by his will and his word, and he presented himself as Son of…