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

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

Just a couple 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 record used to be ready by means of Cristóbal de Molina, a clergyman of the clinic for the Natives of Our girl of Succor in Cuzco and Preacher basic of the town. Molina used to be a good Quechua speaker, and his complicated language talents 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 an 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 construction myths and outlines of the key 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, reminiscent of start 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 circulation that unfold around the Andes in the course of the overdue 1560s in keeping with growing to be Spanish domination and speeded up violence opposed to the so-called idolatrous religions of the Andean peoples.

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They believed that all the huacas of the kingdom that the Christians had demolished and burned had come back to life, and had formed themselves into two sides: some had joined introduction [ xxix with the huaca of Pachacama[c] and the others with the huaca Titica[ca]. [They said] that all of them were flying around in the air, ordering [the people] to give battle to God and defeat Him. [And] they [claimed] that they were already defeating Him. , Pizarro] entered this land, God had defeated the huacas, and the Spaniards [had defeated] the Indians.

In them, by work of the devil, he would see who had confessed a lie, in which case the sorcerers [ 19 great punishments were given. 13 The Incas and the people of Cuzco always made their confessions in secret, and for the most part, they confessed to the Indians of Huaro, [who were] sorcerers that they used specifically for this purpose. In their confessions, they would accuse themselves of not having revered the Sun, the Moon, and the huacas, and of not having kept or celebrated wholeheartedly the festivities of the raymis, which are the [celebrations] of the months of the year.

5 And as the Sun was rising in [the] shape of a very resplendent man, he called to the Incas and to Manco Capac, [recognizing him] as their leader, and said to him, “You and your descendants will be lords and you will subjugate many nations. ” Having said this to Manco Capac, he gave him as insignias and weapons the sumtur paucar [royal banner]6 and the champi [axe] and [the] other insignias that they used, which are like scepters. They had all of these as insignias and weapons. At this point he ordered the Sun, Moon, and Stars to rise to the heavens [and] fix themselves in their places.

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