Inca Religion and Customs
University of Texas Press, 28/06/2010 - 279 páginas
Completed in 1653, Father Bernabe Cobo's Historia del Nuevo Mundo is an important source of information on pre-conquest and colonial Spanish America. Though parts of the work are now lost, the remaining sections which have been translated offer valuable insights into Inca culture and Peruvian history.
Inca Religion and Customs is the second translation by Roland Hamilton from Cobo's massive work. Beginning where History of the Inca Empire left off, it provides a vast amount of data on the religion and lifeways of the Incas and their subject peoples. Despite his obvious Christian bias as a Jesuit priest, Cobo objectively and thoroughly describes many of the religious practices of the Incas. He catalogs their origin myths, beliefs about the afterlife, shrines and objects of worship, sacrifices, sins, festivals, and the roles of priests, sorcerers, and doctors.
The section on Inca customs is equally inclusive. Cobo covers such topics as language, food and shelter, marriage and childrearing, agriculture, warfare, medicine, practical crafts, games, and burial rituals.
Because the Incas apparently had no written language, such postconquest documents are an important source of information about Inca life and culture. Cobo's work, written by one who wanted to preserve something of the indigenous culture that his fellow Spaniards were fast destroying, is one of the most accurate and highly respected.
The first book presented here is an account of Inca religion, a subject in which
our author, as a Jesuit scholar, had a professional interest. The following book is
about other Inca manners and customs, completing Cobo's coverage of Inca ...
Dealing with the physical features and customs of the Indians in general, it gives
a detailed account of the origin and history of the Incas. The present translation of
Books 13 and 14 of the original discusses Inca religion extensively and covers ...
Father Bernabe Cobo. BOOK I RELIGION Chapter 1: Concerning the false
religion that the Indians of V.
religion. that. the. Indians. of. Peru. had. and. how. devoted. they. were. to It The
Indians of Peru were so idolatrous that they ... Although it is true that the Peruvian
kings required all conquered persons to receive their Inca religion, they were not
BOOK 1: Religion nominiously every day until such province was made to serve
the Incas again. After the rebels were subdued, their gods were restored to their
places and honored with sacrifices. At this time the Incas would say that the ...
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