Inca Religion and Customs / Edition 1

Inca Religion and Customs / Edition 1

by Bernabé Cobo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292738617

ISBN-13: 9780292738614

Pub. Date: 01/28/1990

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Completed in 1653, Father Bernabe Cobo's Historia del Nuevo Mundo is an important source of information on pre-conquest and colonial Spanish America. Though parts of the work are now lost, the remaining sections which have been translated offer valuable insights into Inca culture and Peruvian history.

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Completed in 1653, Father Bernabe Cobo's Historia del Nuevo Mundo is an important source of information on pre-conquest and colonial Spanish America. Though parts of the work are now lost, the remaining sections which have been translated offer valuable insights into Inca culture and Peruvian history.

Inca Religion and Customs is the second translation by Roland Hamilton from Cobo's massive work. Beginning where History of the Inca Empire left off, it provides a vast amount of data on the religion and lifeways of the Incas and their subject peoples. Despite his obvious Christian bias as a Jesuit priest, Cobo objectively and thoroughly describes many of the religious practices of the Incas. He catalogs their origin myths, beliefs about the afterlife, shrines and objects of worship, sacrifices, sins, festivals, and the roles of priests, sorcerers, and doctors.

The section on Inca customs is equally inclusive. Cobo covers such topics as language, food and shelter, marriage and childrearing, agriculture, warfare, medicine, practical crafts, games, and burial rituals.

Because the Incas apparently had no written language, such postconquest documents are an important source of information about Inca life and culture. Cobo's work, written by one who wanted to preserve something of the indigenous culture that his fellow Spaniards were fast destroying, is one of the most accurate and highly respected.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292738614
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
378,215
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Howland Rowe
Introduction: Father Cobo and the Incas
A Note on the Translation
Measurements
Book I: Religion
Paganism of lnca Religion
Origin Fables
Afterlife
Viracocha the Creator
Sun Worship
Moon and Star Deities
Worship of the Thunder, the Sea, and the Earth
Pururauca Deities
Guauque Idols
Idolatry of the Deceased
Other Deities
Temple of the Sun at Cuzco
Chinchaysayu Road
Antisuyu Road
Collasayu Road
Cuntisayu Road
Temple of Pachacama
Temple of Copacabana
Temple of Tiaguanaco
Temple of Apurima
Sacrifices
Addlitional Sacrifices
Acts of Worship and Prayers
Sins
Raymi Festival
Festivals of the Second Month
Festivals of the Third, Fifth, and Sixth Months
Festivals of the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Months
Festivals of the Tenth Month
Festivals of the Eleventh and Twelfth Months
Itu Festival
Coronation of the Inca
Functions of the Priests
Sortilegos
Curing
Diviners
Cloistered Women
Omens and Superstitions

Book II: Customs
Quichua and Aymará
Garments
Towns and Houses
Home Furnishings
Food and Drink
Education
Marriage
Agriculture
Warfare
Medicine
Weaving
Building and Stone Work
Bridges
Boats
Silverwork and Metallurgy
Hunting
Games and Music
Tombs
Burial

Notes
Glossary
Index
Indexes for the Shrines of Cuzco

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