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

Just a couple of a long time after the Spanish conquest of Peru, the 3rd Bishop of Cuzco, Sebastián de Lartaún, known 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 woman of Succor in Cuzco and Preacher common of town. Molina used to be a very good 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 carried out on the top of Inca rule. hence, Molina's account preserves a very important first-hand list of Inca non secular ideals and practices.This quantity is the 1st English translation of Molina's Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas in view that 1873 and contains the 1st authoritative scholarly observation and notes. The paintings opens with numerous Inca production myths and outlines of the most important gods and shrines (huacas). Molina then discusses an important 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, corresponding to beginning rituals, girl 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 move that unfold around the Andes through 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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As he arrived at a spring called Susurpuquio,8 he saw a crystal tablet fall into that same spring. Within [the crystal] he saw a figure of an Indian in the following form: three very splendid rays, all of them like the rays of the Sun, radiated upward from the back of his head. Around his shoulders were coiled snakes, [and he wore] on his head a llayto [headband] like an Inca. His ears [were] pierced, and he wore ear spools like an Inca. His costume and clothes were also of an Inca. From between his legs appeared the head of a lion,9 and on his back [was] another lion, the front legs of which seemed to embrace both 16 ] Account of the Fables and Rites of the incas [of the man’s] shoulders.

When they saw the Indian, they left with great anger and flew away, without making or leaving that day’s food. When the younger brother, who had gone to search for food, returned from the field, he found nothing prepared, unlike the other days. He asked his brother why this was so, and he told him the reason, and they had a great fight over this. Thus the younger brother decided to hide until he [could] see if they [would] return. After three days, [the] two huacamayas [macaws] returned, and they began to prepare food.

With regard to this, once [Inca Yupanqui] was Lord and was able to, he ordered a statue in the form of the Sun, which looked precisely like the one that he had seen in the mirror. He [also] ordered that in the capitals of the provinces of all the lands that he conquered grand temples should be built for [the Sun and] endowed with large estates. He [also] ordered all the people that he conquered to worship and revere him together with the Creator. Throughout his life, as is discussed in the account that Your Lordship has,10 everything he conquered and subjected was in the name of the Sun, his father, and of the Creator.

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