The Ancient Incaby Patricia Calvert
The Inca emerged from the ancient native cultures of what is now Peru. Although it is unclear precisely when the Inca came into existence, they became a powerful force in the region by the 1300s to 1400s. They were known for being builders as well as conquerors, and created the famous structure known as Machu Picchu. They also developed and improved roads and bridges in the Inca Empire. The culture began to collapse when the Inca were overtaken by Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s.
This book explores the ancient Inca through their social structure. It details the duties of an emperor, the activities of a priest, and much more. It also describes some of the discoveries and writings that have led to our present-day understanding of this fascinating culture.
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I recently read this book for my son's school library. I found overall the work was excellent!!! However, you may need to discuss a few things with your child. One is the concept of human sacrifice. Yes, it did happen, and it briefly discusses this topic, indicating the higest sacrifice was that of a child. No where in the text does it indicate that human sacrifice is condemned in the modern world. Secondly, is the item that discusses the use of the coca plant. This discussion should be in there. I know this plant was a huge part of their culture, but at one point in the book, it tells you how to get high by chewing the leaves with lime and keeping them between your cheek and gum, again with no indication that modern culture does not endorse this type of behavior. In every other case in the book, including the areas on polygamy and incest, it does indicate that most modern cultures do not endorse these behaviors.