Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas (William and by Cristóbal de Molina

By Cristóbal de Molina

Only a number of a long time after the Spanish conquest of Peru, the 3rd Bishop of Cuzco, Sebastián de Lartaún, referred to as for a document at the non secular practices of the Incas. The file used to be ready through Cristóbal de Molina, a clergyman of the medical institution for the Natives of Our woman of Succor in Cuzco and Preacher basic of town. Molina was once a superb Quechua speaker, and his complex language abilities allowed him to interview the older indigenous males of Cuzco who have been one of the final surviving eyewitnesses of the rituals performed on the top of Inca rule. hence, Molina's account preserves an important first-hand checklist of Inca spiritual ideals and practices.

This quantity is the 1st English translation of Molina's Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas considering 1873 and comprises the 1st authoritative scholarly observation and notes. The paintings opens with numerous Inca construction myths and outlines of the most important gods and shrines (huacas). Molina then discusses crucial rituals that happened in Cuzco in the course of every month of the 12 months, in addition to rituals that weren't tied to the ceremonial calendar, similar to delivery rituals, lady initiation rites, and marriages. Molina additionally describes the Capacocha ritual, during which all of the shrines of the empire have been provided sacrifices, in addition to the Taqui Ongoy, a millennial move that unfold around the Andes throughout the overdue 1560s in accordance with starting to be Spanish domination and sped up violence opposed to the so-called idolatrous religions of the Andean peoples.

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They also have another fable in which they say that the Creator had two sons, one called Ymaymana Viracocha and the other Tocapo Viracocha. 3 The sun was believed by the Incas to have emerged from this outcrop on the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca. (Anonymous photograph, ca. ) Moon, and Stars from Tiahuanaco, each to their place, as was described; the Creator, who in the language of these Indians is called Pachayachachi and by another name Titiuiracochan,8 which means “incomprehensible god,” went by the road of the sierra inspecting and visiting all the nations to see how they had begun to multiply and to do what he had ordered them to do.

1 Tiahuanaco was a sacred place for the Incas, filled with ancient remains. (Photograph by Max T. Vargas, ca. 2 The statues of Tiahuanaco were thought to be individuals who had been transformed into stone by the Creator god. (Max T. Vargas, ca. 7 They emerged at dawn, on the first day after the Creator had divided the night from the day. Hence from then onward they retained the surname “Children of the Sun” to call themselves, and worshipped and revered the [Sun] as [their] father. They also have another fable in which they say that the Creator had two sons, one called Ymaymana Viracocha and the other Tocapo Viracocha.

Because they emerged and began to multiply from those places, and since their lineage had begun there, they made those places huacas [sacred places or objects] and shrines, in memory of the first of their lineage who had emerged from there. Hence, each nation dresses and wears the costume with which they used to dress their huaca. They say that the first [ancestor] to be born at that place was turned into stone there, and others into hawks, condors, and other birds and animals. Therefore, the huacas that they worship and use are of different shapes.

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