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The First New Chronicle and Good Government

On the history of the world and the Incas up to 1615

By Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala

Publication Year: 2009

One of the most fascinating books on pre-Columbian and early colonial Peru was written by a Peruvian Indian named Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. This book, The First New Chronicle and Good Government, covers pre-Inca times, various aspects of Inca culture, the Spanish conquest, and colonial times up to around 1615 when the manuscript was finished. Now housed in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark, and viewable online at www.kb.dk/permalink/2006/poma/info/en/frontpage.htm, the original manuscript has 1,189 pages accompanied by 398 full-page drawings that constitute the most accurate graphic depiction of Inca and colonial Peruvian material culture ever done. Working from the original manuscript and consulting with fellow Quechua- and Spanish-language experts, Roland Hamilton here provides the most complete and authoritative English translation of approximately the first third of The First New Chronicle and Good Government. The sections included in this volume (pages 1–369 of the manuscript) cover the history of Peru from the earliest times and the lives of each of the Inca rulers and their wives, as well as a wealth of information about ordinances, age grades, the calendar, idols, sorcerers, burials, punishments, jails, songs, palaces, roads, storage houses, and government officials. One hundred forty-six of Guaman Poma’s detailed illustrations amplify the text.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xvi

Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala was born sometime after 1536 and died in 1616 in Huamanga, Ayacucho, only a year after completing his monumental and classic work, El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno (The First New Chronicle and Good Government [On the History of the World and the Incas up to the Present]). Guaman Poma was the...

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Introduction

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pp. xvii-xxiv

One of the most fascinating books on pre-Columbian and early colonial Peru was written by a Peruvian Indian named Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. This book, The First New Chronicle and Good Government, covers the pre-Inca times, various aspects of Inca culture, the Spanish conquest, and colonial times up to around 1615, when the manuscript...

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Notes on the Translation and Organization

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pp. xxv-xxvi

All references to Guaman Poma’s chronicle come from the online facsimile of the manuscript housed at the Royal Library of Denmark, Copenhagen, and the transcription with notes completed under the direction of Rolena Adorno. This transcription was based on the original manuscript and the edition by John Murra and Rolena...

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The First New Chronicle and Good Government

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pp. 28-329

This chronicle is very useful and beneficial; it will improve the life of Christians and pagans, help the Indians confess, improve their lives, correct their errors, idolatries and help the priests know how to take the confessions of the Indians. It will help the encomenderos or grantees of Indians, district officials, priests, curates of Indian parishes, miners, major caciques, lesser Indian chiefs...

Notes

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pp. 295-326

Glossary

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pp. 327-347

Works Cited

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pp. 349-350

Index of People and Places

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pp. 351-363


E-ISBN-13: 9780292799073
E-ISBN-10: 0292799071
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292719590
Print-ISBN-10: 0292719590

Page Count: 400
Illustrations: 146 b&w photos, 8-page color section
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

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Subject Headings

  • Incas.
  • Indians of South America -- Peru -- Social life and customs.
  • Peru -- History -- Conquest, 1522-1548.
  • Peru -- History -- To 1820.
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