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Misc. source - Incas - Con Tiqui Viracocha



Type of Spiritual Experience



The Incan account of creation is known based on what was recorded by priests, from the iconography on Incan pottery and architecture, and the myths and legends which survived amongst the native peoples. As such it can be a little inconclusive and also apparently contradictory.

We have here Christian priests attempting to record a creation myth that is based on the sun and the moon as well as pregnant goddesses who gave birth to souls – so it is bound to suffer a bit in translation.

In the beginning, the creation myth states that all there was was darkness and the first cause – the original god – the eye - which in Inca beliefs is called Con Tiqui Viracocha.  Then out of the water [element] the Creator – Inti – the sun god emerges along with the Moon.  The Moon Goddess is usually  depicted as a silverdisk with a human face.

A description of the experience


Mama Quilla is the Inca Goddess of the moon. She is the sister/wife of Inti, God of the sun. .. While she was imagined in a human form, she was often represented by a disc made of either gold or silver—silver was considered to be Mama Quilla’s tears fallen to earth. Their love for Mama Quilla made the Inca very afraid of lunar eclipses. They believed that the shadow on the moon was an animal attacking her, and they would throw weapons and yell at the animal to make it go away. Mama Quilla’s name, which means “mother moon,” is also seen as Mama Kilya

The source of the experience


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