Daily Life of the Incas

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South America's ancient native cultures have long intrigued historians and archeologists, particularly that of the Inca, to whom written language was unknown. Their art, architecture, and oral traditions provide valuable clues to the flourishing society that was among the New World's most advanced civilizations prior to the Spanish conquest. This vibrant portrait of Inca life concerns the period just before the arrival of Europeans in Peru, offering a lively account of the people and their everyday lives: their ...
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Overview


South America's ancient native cultures have long intrigued historians and archeologists, particularly that of the Inca, to whom written language was unknown. Their art, architecture, and oral traditions provide valuable clues to the flourishing society that was among the New World's most advanced civilizations prior to the Spanish conquest. This vibrant portrait of Inca life concerns the period just before the arrival of Europeans in Peru, offering a lively account of the people and their everyday lives: their diversions, their manner of dress and diet, their civic and social customs, their ceremonial rites, their art and literature. Starting with images of the setting and inhabitants, the text examines the the lives of the rulers and nobility as well as those of the common folk. This well-researched, lively account is essential reading for students and scholars of history, ethnology an cultural anthropology, and will intrigue and delight anyone with an interest in this fascinating civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486428000
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Series: Native American Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,328,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Part 1 The Setting and the Inhabitants
1. The Country. The Rule of Nature 17
2. The Times. The Ascendancy of the Past 27
3. Society. The Dualist Principle 48
4. Indian Psychology 65
Part 2 The Life of the Rulers
5. The Life of the Supreme Inca 73
6. The Life of the Inca Nobility 87
7. Administration 97
8. A Soldier's Life 124
9. Spiritual Life 136
10. Intellectual and Artistic Life 157
Part 3 The Life of the Common People
11. Religious Life 187
12. Family Life 195
13. Economic Life: Agriculture and Fishing 218
14. Economic Life: The Craftsmen and the Provision of Services 229
15. Economic Life: Barter 242
Conclusion 247
Index 250
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