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Sun Worshippers: A Subject Guide to the Religion of the Inca   Tags: apu, inca mythology, inca religion, inca ritual, inti, machu picchu, manco capac, supay, viracocha  

From Apu to Viracocha, a look at the religion of the Inca Empire.
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This LibGuide incorporates the vast historical resources written on the Inca religion with modern versions meant for younger audiences, as well as some more current articles that take a more in-depth look at how the Inca's religion impacted day-to-day life. It will also take a look at the transitions made as Spanish dominance was asserted.

The Inca tribe is said to have come into existence around the year 1200 CE, and was one of many tribes in the Andean region. About 200 years later, the Inca began to expand their empire until the Spanish captured the last king of the Inca, Atahualpa, in the early 1500s. As the Inca expanded their empire, their religion became the law of the land. To ease this transition, it was often adapted to incorporate some customs of the conquered tribe. This syncretism came fairly easily, to some extent, in that many of the Andean people already shared a common creator-god known as Viracocha (pictured on the right).


Viracocha: The Creator God of the Andean People

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