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Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas

By Cristóbal de Molina

Publication Year: 2011

Based on eyewitness accounts of rituals conducted at the height of Inca rule, this is a key document that provides an unparalleled account of the prayers and religious celebrations of the Inca in a context of rapidly changing cultural practices.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

The original version of Cristóbal de Molina’s manuscript titled Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas is lost. Th e only remaining copy is held in the National Library in Madrid (Manuscript 3169, fols. 2–36). The document...

Acknowledgments

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pp. x-

The Life and Times of Cristóbal de Molina

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pp. xi-xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xiv-xxxv

This is an English translation of Cristóbal de Molina’s manuscript titled Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas (Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas). Written around 1575 at the request of the third...

Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas

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pp. 1-

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1. Introduction

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pp. 3-

T he account that I gave to Your Most Illustrious Lordship1 [described] the dealings, origin, lives, and customs of the Incas who were the lords of this land; how many there were, who their wives were...

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2. Origin Myths

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pp. 4-13

To understand the origins of their idolatries, because it is true that these [Incas] did not use writing, they had in a House of the Sun called Poquen Cancha,1 which is next to Cuzco, the life of each of the Incas...

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3. Of Quipus and Inca Yupanqui

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pp. 14-17

They tell and relate other similar absurdities about the past that, as I have said, I have not included for the sake of brevity. The reason for all this, besides the main fact that they did not know God and they gave...

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4. The Sorcerers

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pp. 18-20

They had many kinds of sorcerers in the provinces,1 the names and occupations of which were different from one another.2 The names and occupations are the following: Calpariçu, which means...

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5. The Rituals of the Months of the Year

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pp. 21-74

They began recording the year halfway through May,1 more or less, on the first day of the [new] moon.2 They called the first month of the year Haucay Llusqui, in which they held the following ceremonies called Intizipaimi Intip...

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6. The Ayuscay, Rutuchico, and Quicochico Rituals

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pp. 75-76

Besides the ceremonies that they hold during these months, they performed others, as we have mentioned, called apuscay [birth celebration...

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7. The Capacocha

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pp. 77-83

Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui also invented the Capacocha, which was [carried out] in the following way. The provinces of Collasuyo, Chinchaysuyo, Antisuyo, and Cuntisuyo would bring to this city, from each town...

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8. Taqui Onqoy

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pp. 84-90

About ten years ago,1 more or less, a disaffection2 began to spread among the Indians of this land, during which they performed a type of song that they called taqui onqoy [dance sickness...

Appendix: Editions of Cristóbal de Molina’s Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas (Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas)

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pp. 91-92

Notes

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pp. 93-121

Glossary

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pp. 123-132

Bibliography

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pp. 133-143

Index

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pp. 145-150


E-ISBN-13: 9780292729995
E-ISBN-10: 0292729995
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292723832
Print-ISBN-10: 0292723830

Page Count: 186
Illustrations: 5 maps, 9 b&w photos, 7 line drawings, 1 table
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: The William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere