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Inca Reptile Duplicated on Pre-Columbian Painted Kero....Page 63

The Inca Empire

Large Inca Wood Carved and Painted Kero

Ca. 1430 to 1532 AD.

A deep conical wood ritual vessel.... HowardKnowes

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The Inca Empire (or Inka Empire) was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The administrative, political and military center of the empire was located in Cuzco. The Inca Empire arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in early 13th century.

From 1438 to 1533, the Incas used a variety of methods, from conquest to peaceful assimilation, to incorporate a large portion of western South America, centered on the Andean mountain ranges, including large parts of modern Ecuador, Peru, western and south central Bolivia, northwest Argentina, and north and north-central Chile. The Incas identified themselves as "children of the sun."

In 1533, Atahualpa, the last Inca sovereign emperor (Qhapaq Inka, also Sapa Inca), was executed on the orders of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, marking the beginning of Spanish rule in South America. The Inca Empire was organized in dominions with a stratified society, in which the supreme ruler was the Inca. It was supported by an economy based on the collective ownership of the land.

The Quechua name for the empire was Tawantin Suyu which can be translated The Four Regions or The Four United Regions. Before the Quechua spelling reform it was written in Spanish as Tahuantinsuyo.

Tawantin is a group of four things (tawa "four" with the suffix -ntin which names a group); suyu means "region" or "province".

The empire was divided into four Suyus, whose corners met at the capital, Cuzco (Qosqo), in modern-day Peru. The official language of the empire was Quechua (also pronounced Chichequwa), although scores if not hundreds of local languages were spoken.

Whether the carved wood creature represents a lizard or a dinosaur might be a fair question, however, an Incan appears to be hunting a very large reptile that looks very much like the wood carving on the piece.

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There were many local forms of worship, most of them concerning local sacred "Huacas", but the Inca leadership encouraged the worship of Inti, the sun god. They tried to impose it against the cult of Pachamama which was the main common deity worshiped in the Andean area...Wikipedia

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