Revisiting the Solar Path of the Inca Creator God

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Representation of an Inca sun god. AI-generated. Source: NorLife / Adobe Stock

Revisiting the Solar Path of the Inca Creator God

The high priests of the Inca Empire of ancient Peru used their sacred texts, known as the Codes of Sacred Geography, to build sacred community centers (wakas) along 42 long-distance ceque lines. These alignments were all centralized at the Coricancha (Qorikancha) Temple of the Sun in Cuzco, where a huge golden disc at the center of this temple radiated these lines across the entire Inca empire.

The Inca creator god Viracocha undertook a legendary journey from the city of Tiwanaku on the shores of Lake Titicaca and crossed mountain peaks, towards the north-west, where he left the shore of South America’s Pacific coast near the border of Peru and Ecuador.

Replica of the Golden Sun Disk on display outside the Coricancha Temple, used in modern day festivals in Cuzco. (Image: Ashley Cowie)

Replica of the Golden Sun Disk on display outside the Coricancha Temple, used in modern day festivals in Cuzco. (Image: Ashley Cowie)


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