2949 - Brothers, mountains and platforms, Inca dominion of the Landscape

Inca sacred space was marked out in the landscape by natural and constructed features, with fixed and portable elements. This paper reviews the nature of the available evidence and seeks to define aspects of liminal space as used by the Inca in controlling and managing their empire. Ancestors, mountain and sky deities anchored a cycle of sacred essence which served to link Inca with non-Inca peoples and provided the ideological structure for the expanding Inca state.

Keywords: Inca, Mountains, Ancestors, Ushnu, Waka

Author: Meddens, Frank (Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom/Ver Königr)


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