The World's History

The World's History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...of Hunsahua but little is told us, and that little is chiefly legendary. For instance, Tomagata is said to have been a kind of human monster with four ears and a long rat's tail, who by means of his piety acquired all kinds of magical powers which he did not employ for the benefit of his subjects. Another ruler, whose government lasted until the arrival of. the Spaniards in South America, though not in the Chibcha district, has been 1 equally shrouded in legend. He is said to have sprung directly from the sun, the rays of which made a daughter of the cacique of Guacheta pregnant. As a child of the sun he enjoyed great reputation for many years before he gained any temporal power. But when the ruling zaque made himself hated by his people for his tyranny, Garanchacha placed himself at the head of the revolt and easily gained a victory which at once gave him the position of a zaque. A change of residence from Ramiriqui to Tunja (Hunsa) has been ascribed to him, and the isolated stone pillars that we have spoken of above 1 have been connected with his rule. He is said to have proposed to build a magnificent temple to his father, the sun-god, in the neighbourhood of Hunsa, and for this reason he had those pillars brought from a distance; they were transported only by night, that the people might believe that the gods themselves created the material for their temples. But before the work was ended news came to the king of the arrival of the Spaniards on the lower Magdalena River and for this reason the temple building was suspended. To estimate the value of this tradition it is important to observe that a zaque named Garanchacha can find no place in the dynasty of the kings of Tunja, at any rate as their names have been transmitted to us...show more

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  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 744g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977734
  • 9781236977731