Talk:Inca mythology

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Proposed merger[edit]

All the articles in the list seem to be one sentence articles. Recommend merging with this article. --Hemanshu 17:26, 5 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Yes, I would agree as well. Have them all merged into one. If someone writes sufficient content for an entry, it can have its own page. No one seems to want to add more than one sentence for them. Almost all of them are currently stubs. Existing articles can be re-directed to this page after merging. RedWolf 06:50, Mar 20, 2004 (UTC)
I moved this page to Inca mythology and added some content from the Manco Capac page. Zenyu 15:17, Dec 7, 2004 (UTC)
There doesn't seem to be any particular reasoning for why most of the deities merged into the "minor deities" section were merged here instead of left to their own articles. It seems that the main criterion for determining "minor" is how much text the deity has currently written, rather than how major the deity was in Inca religion. Also, merging all of those deities makes it impossible to use categorization schemes on the Inca deities (for example, Category:Deities by association). I'm going to revert the articles that were merged into this one unless anyone objects. -Sean Curtin 04:01, Dec 8, 2004 (UTC)
I'm researching the dieties now, but all of those articles were possible candidates for deletion. Please write proper articles for them if you believe they need them or place them in the Wiki dictionary. Zenyu 14:02, Dec 8, 2004 (UTC)
Just because an article is short isn't grounds for deletion. Containing incorrect information is, though it's easier to correct or remove the false data. -Sean Curtin 01:00, Dec 9, 2004 (UTC)
Sean posted this comment before I had moved the "Incan mythology" talk page over Zenyu 13:45, Dec 8, 2004 (UTC)
Please don't move the contents of pages by cut-and-pasting text; it makes it very difficult to look at its actual edit history. See meta:Help:Renaming (moving) a page. -Sean Curtin 01:00, Dec 9, 2004 (UTC)

Incan "books"[edit]

Incans didn't have a written language. They did have some sort of knotted cord records, called Khipus [1]. There is currently a theory put forward by Gary Urton that the Khipus represented a binary record keeping system capable of recording phonological or logographic data. Many of these Khipus were distroyed by the Spanish. Very few still remain. Sam_Spade (talk · contribs) 18:37, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

The Inca did have picture books, these were destroyed as well; there was a priest who described one of these in detail, but his name escapes me a the moment. As for the khipus there are about 100 that have survived, the conquistadors were not able to capture anyone that could read them. Some of the surviving khipus may be Huari ones though. There are accounts of Inca historians using khipus to tell the Spanish priests about Inca history, and Guaman Poma says they were used for the census and in administering taxes and welfare payments. FYI the knowledge we have on the Inca religions is based mostly on missionary manuals written by the church to help convert Quechuas. --Zenyu 22:42, Dec 30, 2004 (UTC)
I don't know much about it, I have a buddy who is a linguistics major and is reletively fluent in Quechua, I was pretty much quoting him in what I said. Interesting stuff tho, too bad so much info was lost. Sam_Spade (talk · contribs) 22:51, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)
There is a list of fragmentary pages some of which might find a home here: Wikipedia:Shortpages/Mythology/SouthAmerican/Incan. --Wetman 08:32, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I have not found any evidence of Spanish burning Khipus except a single oft repeated story about and old man and and an angered conquistador where the man claims it records the atrocities of Spaniards, incensing the conquistador who then burns all his khipus. Even this though, I have been unable to find a single original source for (though, limited searching). Is there something that can be cited for this? Velicity (talk) 18:40, 31 March 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Almost all of the information on this page currently redirects back to this page, making circular loops with no additional information.


A number of the deities had links that were redirects to the same article, so I deleted them. A couple of others were links to disamb pages that referred people back here; those should probably be deleted as well. Other links go to articles where there is no more information than is given here, or perhaps an additional phrase that could be added here. These, too, should probably be delinked and the articles deleted.

Remember that there's nothing to stop someone from turning a redirect into a real article at a later date, if someone really wants to expand some of these. I think it's a disservice to readers to leave false links or links that just waste their time with redundant information. Nareek 18:54, 2 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


This article states the inta is the primary god worshipped, the inca empire article claims it was mother earth, but it was commonly believed to be the inta, one of the articles need editing 15:39, 3 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Inca Empire article says:

"There were many local forms of worship, but the Inca leadership encouraged the worship of the Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Because the sun was very important in Inca mythology, there is a common misbelief that the foremost god was the Inti or sun god."

The Inca Mythology Article, however, lists Inti the sun god as the most important god to the Incan people. Ohekkeko 21:33, 16 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Why does the word "Wichama" redirect to this page? Please clarify in the article. Wichama is on the list of hot topics for mythology. Goldenrowley 03:57, 10 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Virginity in the Inca Empire[edit]

It is a common misconception that the "Virgins of the Sun" were actually virgins in the sense that Europeans believed them to be. Europeans imposed many of their values and beliefs on their indigenous subjects, but no serious archaeological evidence has been able to show that virginity was expected of mamaconas or even valued as a virtue in Inka culture. Many of these "virgins" both in Inca ruins and in the remains of nearby civilizations bear the marks of childbirth (cf. Andeans and Spaniards in the Contact Zone) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rcgy (talkcontribs) 20:48, 15 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

They were permitted to have sex with the Sapa Inka and possibly other senior noblemen and/or clergy. Wormwoodpoppies (talk) 06:02, 3 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tenuous lead-in.[edit]

I've taken a class with Gary Urton and even he cautions against being too certain that the khipu contained anything more than quantitative information and calendrical data. Saying that they were records of mythological narrative is going way, way out on a limb. The Spanish burned the khipu because they couldn't understand it and thus decided to err on the side of caution. Cobo mentions a woman keeping track of her sins for confession on one, but he seems to suggest that this is merely a personal mnemonic device (though my recollection is imperfect, and I will look it up definitively perhaps tomorrow. Wormwoodpoppies (talk) 06:01, 3 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sources needed[edit]

This article has been tagged as unsourced. I suggest someone qualified take a swing at it, as sooner or later it will come under fire for that reason. Jusdafax 16:26, 26 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]