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Inti
Inti
is the ancient Incan sun god. He is revered as the national patron of the Inca
Inca
state. Although most consider Inti
Inti
the sun god, he is more appropriately viewed as a cluster of solar aspects, since the Inca
Inca
divided his identity according to the stages of the sun.[1] Worshiped as a patron deity of the Inca
Inca
Empire,[2] Pachacuti
Pachacuti
is often linked to the origin and expansion of the Inca
Inca
Sun Cult.[3][4]. The most common story says that he is the son of Viracocha, the god of civilization.[5]

Contents

1 Legends and history 2 Worship 3 Inti
Inti
Raymi 4 Sub-divisions of identity 5 Symbolism 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

Legends and history[edit] Inti
Inti
and his sister, Mama Killa, the Moon
Moon
goddess were generally considered benevolent deities. Mama Killa supposedly gave birth to their child. Their court is served by the Rainbow, the Pleiades, Venus, and others. The founding Inca
Inca
ancestor, known as Manco Cápac, was thought to have been the son of Inti. According to an ancient myth, Inti
Inti
taught his son Manco Cápac
Manco Cápac
and his daughter Mama Ocllo
Mama Ocllo
the arts of civilization and they were sent to earth to pass this. Another legend, however, states Manco Cápac
Manco Cápac
was the son of Viracocha. Inti
Inti
ordered his children to build the Inca
Inca
capital where a divine golden wedge they carried with them would penetrate the earth. Incas believed that this happened in the city of Cusco. The Inca
Inca
ruler was considered to be the living representative of Inti. Pachacuti
Pachacuti
is often linked to the origin and expansion of the Inca
Inca
Sun Cult.[3][6] The Willaq Umu was the high priest of the Sun (Inti). His position placed him as the second most powerful person in the kingdom. He was directly underneath the Sapa Inca, and they were often brothers. The emperor and his family were believed to be descended from Inti.[7] A great golden disk representing Inti
Inti
was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1571 and was sent to the pope via Spain. It has since been lost. Worship[edit]

Depiction of Pachacuti
Pachacuti
worshipping Inti
Inti
in the Qurikancha

The Inca
Inca
dedicated many ceremonies to the Sun in order to ensure the Sapa Inca's welfare.[2] The sun was also important to the Incas, particularly the people of the highlands, because it was necessary for the production of crops like maize and other grains.[7] The sun's heat was also thought to cause rain. During the rainy season the sun was hotter and brighter, while during the dry season it was weaker.[8] The Incas would set aside large quantities of natural and human resources throughout the empire for Inti. Each conquered province was supposed to dedicate a third of their lands and herds to Inti
Inti
as mandated by the Inca. Each major province would also have a Sun Temple in which male and female priests would serve.[2] The female priests were the mamakuna, who were chosen from the aqllakuna ("chosen women"), and they would weave special cloth and brew chicha for festivities and sacrifices to Inti.[9] Additionally, the chief temple of the Inca
Inca
state religion was the Qurikancha
Qurikancha
in Cusco. Within this temple were wall niches in which the bodies of previous emperors and rulers were exhibited along with various statues of Inti
Inti
in certain festivals. Some figures of Inti also depicted him in human form with a hollowed out midsection that was filled with a concoction made of gold dust and the ashes of the Inca
Inca
kings' hearts.[10] Inti
Inti
is represented as a golden disk with rays and a human face. Many such disks were supposedly held in Cusco
Cusco
as well as in shrines throughout the empire, especially at Qurikancha, where the most significant image of Inti
Inti
was discovered by anthropologists. This representation, adorned with ear spools, a pectoral, and a royal headband, was known as punchaw (Quechua for day, also spelled punchao). This image of Inti
Inti
was also said to have lions and serpents projecting from its form.[11] The worship of Inti
Inti
and the rise of the Inti
Inti
cult are considered to be exploitations of religion for political purposes, since the Inca
Inca
king was increasingly identified with the sun god. This grew into a form of divine patronage and the convenience of these comparisons for Inca emperors is crucial.[12] Inti
Inti
Raymi[edit]

Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi
at Saksaywaman, Cusco

The festival of Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi
honors the sun god and was originally meant to celebrate the start of a new planting season.[13] It now attracts many tourists each year to Cusco, which is [14] the ancient capital of the Inca
Inca
Empire. The name of the festival, Inti
Inti
Raymi, translates into "sun festival" [1] and was held during the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice,[14] which is the shortest day of the year. This fell around June 24 in the Incan Empire. This festival was attended by the four sectors of Tawantinsuyu. Military captains, government officials, and the vassals who attended were dressed in their best costumes and carried their best weapons and instruments. Preparation for the festival of Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi
began with a fast of three days, where there was no fire lit and the people refrained from having sexual intercourse. This festival would last for nine days, and during this time the people consumed massive amounts of food and drink.[14] There were many sacrifices as well, which were all performed on the first day. After the nine days everyone would leave with the permission of the Inca. Sub-divisions of identity[edit] Corresponding with the three diurnal stages of the sun, Inti's identity is also divided into three primary subcomplexes, which are the father, son, and brother. The first of these is Apu Inti
Inti
("supreme Inti"). He represents the father and is sometimes known as "The Lord Sun."[10] The second is Churi Inti, or "Son Inti," who represents the son of Inti
Inti
and is often known as "Daylight." The third and final division of Inti
Inti
is Inti
Inti
Wawqi ("Sun brother", or " Inti
Inti
brother", also spelled Inti-Guauqui, Inti-Huaoqui). Inti
Inti
Wawqi also represents the sun god in his specific position as the founding father of Inca
Inca
reign and the center of the state's official ancestor cult.[1] In astronomy, Apu Inti
Inti
and Churi Inti
Inti
can actually be separated from one another along an astronomical axis. This is because they are associated with the summer and winter solstices respectively. Inti Wawqi, however, is not associated with an astronomical location.[13] Symbolism[edit]

Flag of the Hispanity with Inti
Inti
rising behind the cross

The sun is also found on the coat of arms of Bolivia
Bolivia
and coat of arms of Ecuador, as well as the historical flag of Peru. All these three countries were historically part of the Incan Empire. It is also depicted on the Hispanic flag. The Sun of May
Sun of May
has possibly its roots in Inti
Inti
as well and can be found on the Flag of Argentina
Argentina
and Flag of Uruguay. See also[edit]

Aten Inti-Illimani Solar symbol Zia symbol

Notes[edit]

^ a b c Conrad and Demarest 1984, pg.108 ^ a b c D'Altroy 2003, pg.148 ^ a b Steele & Allen 2004, pg. 246 ^ D'Altroy 2003, pg. 147 ^ Fash and Lyons, 2005 ^ D'Altroy 2003, pg. 147 ^ a b Bushnell 1957, pg. 131 ^ Steele & Allen 2004, pg. 245–246 ^ D'Altroy 2003, pg.189 ^ a b Conrad and Demarest 1984, pg. 115 ^ Suarez and George 2011, pg. 129 ^ Suarez and George 2011, pg. 86–87 ^ a b Conrad and Demarest 1984, pg. 109 ^ a b c D'Altroy 2003, pg. 154–155

References[edit]

Bushnell, G. H. S. (1957). Peru. London: Thames and Hudsonar Conrad, Geoffrey W. and Arthur A. Demarest. (1984). Religion and Empire: The Dynamics of Aztec and Inca
Inca
Expansionism. New York: Cambridge University Press. D'Altroy, Terence N. (2003). The Incas. Blackwell Publishing. Fash, William and Mary E. Lyons. (2005). The Ancient American World (The World in Ancient Times). New York: Oxford University Press. Lane, Kevin. (2011). Inca. In Timothy Insoll (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. (pg. 571–584). New York: Oxford University Press. Littleton, C. Scott. (2005). Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology. Volume II. Marshall Cavendish Press. Parker, Janet, et al. (2007). Mythology: Myths, Legends, and Fantasies. Global Book Publishing. Steele, Paul R., & Allen, Catherine J. (2004). Handbook of Inca Mythology. ABC-CLIO, Inc. Suarez, Ananda Cohen and Jeremy James George. (2011). Handbook to Life in the Inca
Inca
World. (pg. 86–129). New York: Facts on File
File
Library of World History.

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