The Inca worshipped both a creator god and the sun, moon and stars. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally travels to the Peruvian Andes to explore the remnants of Inca civilisation - the city of Pisac, which, like all Inca cities, was designed in the shape of a sacred animal; Cajamarca, where the Inca leader Atahualpa was murdered by the Spaniards; and the sacred mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.
A.D. 650 - the ancient Maya. Rising from the mists of central America are Mayan stone pyramids, plazas, painted ball courts and majestic temples. The Kingdom of the legendary Inca emperors, whose rule marked the stunning climax of 3,000 years of South American cultural evolution, is documented here. The enigmas of the Nazca, creators of the earth-drawings, the 15,000-mile Inca road system, the engineering feat that is the fabled Machu Picchu and the final devastating encounter with the Spanish conquistador, are all recorded in this documentary.
The ancient Inca story of creation from the Big Myth collection.
Although the Inca were the largest pre-Colombian American empire, they lacked a written language For this reason (lack of census records) estimates of their size has varied ranging from 4 million people to nearly 40 million...
Religion was for the Incas, as with many other ancient cultures, inseparable from politics, history, and society in general. All facets of community life were closely connected to religious beliefs, from marriages to agriculture, government to burials. Success and failures of any kind in life were due to the influence of the gods and the Inca’s ancestors.
Inca, also spelled Inka, South American Indians who, at the time of the Spanish conquest in 1532, ruled an empire that extended along the Pacific coast and Andean highlands from the northern border of modern Ecuador to the Maule River in central Chile.