Of Summits and Sacrifice: An Ethnohistoric Study of Inka Religious Practices

Of Summits and Sacrifice: An Ethnohistoric Study of Inka Religious Practices

by Thomas Besom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292719779

ISBN-13: 9780292719774

Pub. Date: 11/15/2009

Publisher: University of Texas Press

In perhaps as few as one hundred years, the Inka Empire became the largest state ever formed by a native people anywhere in the Americas, dominating the western coast of South America by the early sixteenth century. Because the Inkas had no system of writing, it was left to Spanish and semi-indigenous authors to record the details of the religious rituals that the…  See more details below

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In perhaps as few as one hundred years, the Inka Empire became the largest state ever formed by a native people anywhere in the Americas, dominating the western coast of South America by the early sixteenth century. Because the Inkas had no system of writing, it was left to Spanish and semi-indigenous authors to record the details of the religious rituals that the Inkas believed were vital for consolidating their conquests. Synthesizing these arresting accounts that span three centuries, Thomas Besom presents a wealth of descriptive data on the Inka practices of human sacrifice and mountain worship, supplemented by archaeological evidence.
Of Summits and Sacrifice offers insight into the symbolic connections between landscape and life that underlay Inka religious beliefs. In vivid prose, Besom links significant details, ranging from the reasons for cyclical sacrificial rites to the varieties of mountain deities, producing a uniquely powerful cultural history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292719774
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue Chapter 1: Ethnohistory and the Inkas Chapter 2: Qhapaq Hucha Sacrifice Chapter 3: Other Types of Sacrifice Chapter 4: Mountain Worship Chapter 5: Mountain Offerings Chapter 6: Reasons for Worshipping Mountains Chapter 7: Material Correlates of Mountain Worship Chapter 8: Conclusions Epilogue Notes Glossary of Andean Names and Terms Reference List Index

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