By Verónica Salles-Reese
Surrounded through the peaks of the Andean cordillera, the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca have lengthy supplied refreshment and nourishment to the folks who reside alongside its beaches. From prehistoric occasions, the Andean peoples have held Titicaca to be a sacred position, the resource from which all existence originated and the positioning the place the divine manifests its presence.
In this interdisciplinary learn, Verónica Salles-Reese explores how Andean myths of cosmic and ethnic origins founded on Lake Titicaca developed from pre-Inca instances to the enthronement of the Virgin of Copaca-bana in 1583. She starts by way of describing the myths of the Kolla (pre-Inca) humans and exhibits how their Inca conquerors tried to set up legitimacy by way of reconciling their myths of cosmic and ethnic starting place with the Kolla myths. She additionally exhibits how an analogous development happened whilst the Inca have been conquered in flip through the Spanish.
This learn explains why Lake Titicaca maintains to occupy a relevant position in Andean notion regardless of the main cultural disruptions that experience characterised the region's historical past. This booklet may be a touchstone within the box of Colonial literature and a huge reference for Andean spiritual and highbrow history.
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From Viracocha to the Virgin of Copacabana: Representation of the Sacred at Lake Titicaca by Verónica Salles-Reese