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This book reexamines the structure of Inca society on the eve of the Spanish conquest. The author argues that native Andean cosmology, which centered on the idea of divine rulership, principally organized the indigenous political economy as well as spatial and socio-kinship systems. Ramirez begins by establishing that the phrase "el Cuzco," picked up from the native peoples by the Spanish invaders, referred not only to a place but also to the Inca leader. This leader acted as the center of the Inca universe, connecting the people to their ancestors, nature, and each other. From this starting point, the author revisits the Inca cosmology and looks at the way in which the ruler and other authorities connected the people to the gods and bound a diverse polity together under divine protection. Next, the book shows how rituals immortalized these leaders and connected the people to past generations. Finally, the author examines how a cosmology, centered on the divine nature of the king, defined the community and identity of the Andean people.
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"This is an excellent and thought-provoding book, one that challenges the reader to reassess preconceptions of the nature of Inca religion, the characteristics of Inca leaders, the reason for the polity's rapid expansion, and the foundations of its economic structure." -Noble David Cook, Florida International University
Susan Ramirez holds the Neville G. Penrose Chair of History and Latin American Studies at Texas Christian University. She is the author of The World Upside Down: Cross-Cultural Contact and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Peru (Stanford University Press, 1996).
@fmct:Contents @toc4:Acknowledgments @toc2:Chapter 1 A PERSONAL ODYSSEY @toc1:Part I SOVEREIGNTY @toc2:Chapter 2 EL CUZCO: A RECONSIDERATION OF SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIALITY AND THE INCA STATE @toc1:Part II DIVINE RULERSHIP @toc2:Chapter 3 KINGSHIP AND THE GODS Chapter 4 TO FEED AND BE FED: CURACAL LEGITIMACY AND COSMOLOGY @toc1:Part III THE PRACTICE OF COSMOLOGICAL POWER @toc2:Chapter 5 RITES OF RULE @toc1:Part IV THE SOCIAL BASES OF AUTHORITY @toc2:Chapter 6 A SENSE OF SELVES @toc4:Notes Bibliography Index