INCAN MYTHOLOGY

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Introduction

Once a mighty empire stretched over the central highlands of the Andes, way down South past Mexico. Ranging from Chile to Peru where the capital city of Cuzco prevailed.

After 400 years and much personal sacrifice to keep the sun shining and the Gods contented there was not a lot they could not do. Mighty buildings without the aid of cement mixers, casting metals, weaving, pottery, paved roads, suspension bridges, amazing art and sculpture, some quite abstract, and a thriving music scene. Agriculture thrived although there were no horses.

With all these skills they didn't bother with things like wheels, and reading and writing - all their records were done with knotted string.

To a large extent a good time was had by all but naturally it couldn't last. The Spaniards came and under Pizzaro used all the cunning, treachery, greed and cruelty at their disposal to seize power. After the Incan ruler Huayna Capac died there was a state of indecision as to who should be the next divine ruler. Unfortunately the gods fled and it wasn't long before all the Inc ran out.

But just when you thought it was all over, the Incas had one secret city, Machu Picchu, hidden high in the mountains which the Spaniards never found. Or anyone else until 1911 when Hiram Bingham of Yale University stumbled across it, by which time it was deserted but still magnificent in its desolation. Adventurers have been searching for other secret cities and El Dorado ever since.


REGIONS COVERED: Andes, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru. And all parts in between.

Many Gods are spread across different regions, cultures and tribes. We've tried to pin them down to a particular area if possible. But corrections are always welcome, especially from people with first-hand knowledge. So if you know the region and would like to comment, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us here.

TRIBES, CULTURES AND PEOPLES COVERED: Chincha people, Inca people, Moche people, Quechua people.

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