Inca Myths

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University of Texas Press, 1999 - Fiction - 80 pages
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Inca Myths begins with an introduction to the land and people of the Andes and reviews the sources of our current knowledge of Inca mythology. Gary Urton then recounts various creation myths, including a selection from various ethnic groups and regions around the empire. Finally, he draws upon his extensive knowledge of the history and ethnography of the Incas to illuminate the nature and relationships of myth and history.

The contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Creation myths
  • Origin myths of the founding of the Inca empire
  • Myths of the works and deeds of the Inca kings
  • Selection of myths from around the empire
  • Animal myths
  • Myths from the Spanish Conquest
  • Conclusions

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a reasonably detailed macro-view that focuses mainly on the origin stories of incan and pre-incan societies in and around the andes. it's a tiny, quick book with good illustrations. if you're looking ... Read full review


the settings of Inca myths in space and time
Sources for the study of Inca myths
Cosmic origin myths
Origin myths of the Inca state
Coastal and provincial mythologies
The Inca past in the Andean present
Suggestions for further reading
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About the author (1999)

Gary Urton is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, Harvard University, as well as a MacArthur Fellow (2001–2005).

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