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6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.
80 pp., 24 b&w photos, 10 line drawings, 2 maps

ISBN: 978-0-292-78532-8
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Inca Myths

By Gary Urton


Table of Contents and Excerpt


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

Gary Urton is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, Harvard University. He is the author of many works on Andean studies.

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