Peruvian Antiquities

Peruvian Antiquities

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... exquisite and costly sacrifices; but the Inca, as a son of the god, was considered as a personified deity--the immediate organ of the Supreme Being, and entitled to the same homage with him. A worship like this, whose illusory dogmas could not bear the slightest analysis, was only possible among a credulous people, whose faculties, suppressed by political institutions and absorbed by war, labor and feasts, did not permit them to give the slightest thought to things superior to their trivial occupations. Well did the Incas know the weakness of their doctrine, and for this reason they preserved on one side the ancient worship of Pachacamac, whilst on the other they inculcated in a most rigorous manner the worship of the Sun. We will not enter into imaginary hypotheses relative to the result of the fusion of the religion of the Incas with the previous prevailing religion; it being almost impossible to distinguish, throughout all its extent, the elements which have been preserved, and those which were lost or added to this ancient worship, by that which superseded it, and the influence of which we cannot define. The most important works upon this subject, for those who desire to penetrate as profoundly as possible into it, are the " Natural and Moral History of the Indians," by Father Acosta; the " Chronicle of the Great Kingdom of Peru," by Pedro Gieza de Leon; the " Natural History of the West Indies," by Don Francisco Lopez de Oomara; a part of the " Commentaries " of Garcilasso de la Vega; and, above all, the " Extirpation of the Indians from Peru, (Lima, Hieronimo de Contreras, 1621, 4to.), written by the Jesuit Pedro Jose de Arriaga. The author, charged by order of Don Francisco de Borjay Aragon, ...
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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236586646
  • 9781236586643