Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas (William and by Cristóbal de Molina, Brian S. Bauer, Vania Smith-Oka,

By Cristóbal de Molina, Brian S. Bauer, Vania Smith-Oka, Gabriel E. Cantarutti

Only a number of many years 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 by way of Cristóbal de Molina, a clergyman of the health center for the Natives of Our girl of Succor in Cuzco and Preacher common of the town. Molina used to be a superb Quechua speaker, and his complicated language abilities allowed him to interview the older indigenous males of Cuzco who have been one of the final surviving eyewitnesses of the rituals carried out on the peak 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 due to the fact that 1873 and comprises the 1st authoritative scholarly statement and notes. The paintings opens with a number of Inca production 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 yr, in addition to rituals that weren't tied to the ceremonial calendar, comparable to delivery rituals, lady initiation rites, and marriages. Molina additionally describes the Capacocha ritual, during which the entire shrines of the empire have been provided sacrifices, in addition to the Taqui Ongoy, a millennial stream that unfold around the Andes in the course of the overdue 1560s according to growing to be Spanish domination and sped up violence opposed to the so-called idolatrous religions of the Andean peoples.

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And thus, they ascended and so placed themselves. 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.

Thus, they say that some emerged from caves, others from hills, others from springs, others from lakes, others from the trunks of trees, and other absurdities of this sort. 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 kept account [on the quipus] of the years, months, and moons to such a degree that no error was committed in a moon, year, or month. 2 It seems this Inca was the first who began to take 14 account of and to calculate everything, and the one who removed [some] rituals and added [other] rituals and ceremonies. He was also the one who established the twelve months of the year, gave names to each one, and created the ceremonies they hold in each one of them. Even though before the rule [of the Incas], their ancestors did [track the] months and years on their quipus, they were not as well organized as when he was Lord, since they were only regulated by the winters and the summers.

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