Narrative and Critical History of America; Aboriginal America. 1889 Volume 1, Pts. 1-2

Narrative and Critical History of America; Aboriginal America. 1889 Volume 1, Pts. 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...writers received statements from the Indians that one or other of these cyclopean ruins was built by some particular Inca. Garcilasso de la Vega even names the architects of the Cuzco fortress. But it is clear from the evidence of the most careful investigators, such as Cieza de Leon, 1 Cf. plans and views in Squier's Peru, ch. 4 The name of the place where these remains 24.--Ed. are situated is Concacha, from the Quichua word a Cap. 94. Cuncaehay"--the act of holding down a vic 1 See page 238-tim for sacrifice; literally, "to take by the neck." that there was no real knowledge of their origin, and that memory of the builders was either quite lost, or preserved in vague, uncertain traditions. The most ancient myth points to the region of Lake Titicaca as the scene of the creative operations of a Deity, or miracle-working Lord.1 This Deity is said to have created the sun, moon, and stars, or to have caused them to rise out of Lake Titicaca. He also created men of stone at Tiahuanacu, or of clay; making them pass under the earth, and appear again out of caves, tree-trunks, rocks, or fountains in the different provinces which were to be peopled by their descendants. But this seems to be a later attempt to reconcile the ancient Titicaca myth with the local worship of natural objects as ancestors or founders of their race, among the numerous subjugated tribes; as well as to account for the colossal statues of unknown origin at Tiahuanacu. There are variations of the story, but there is general concurrence in the main points: that the Deity created the heavenly bodies and the human race, and that the ancient people, or their rulers, were called Pima, Tradition also seems to point to regions south of the lake as the quarter whence the...show more

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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 562g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600142
  • 9781236600141