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CuscoUrbanism and Archaeology in the Inka World$
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Ian Farrington

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044330

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044330.001.0001

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Ceremony and Ritual

Ceremony and Ritual

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Ian Farrington

University Press of Florida

First, this chapter examines the documentary record for inka ceremony, ritual, and procession and the nature of shrines (waka) in the city and hinterland. Second, two field work archaeological site complexes, known from documents to be houses of the Inka, are described as ancestral houses, characterised by a niched plaza, a cave, a carved limestone outcrop, feline images, and storerooms. Two further ancestral house complexes are proposed. Third, hinterland Sun temples are described using details from both sources and their archaeology of burials, figurines, and fine architecture is discussed. The archaeology of ritual and ceremony focuses on the selection and placement of objects to determine patterns, which may be correlated with known ceremonies, but none can be identified specifically. Several ritual deposits are distinguished in Qorikancha, Hawkaypata, Saqsaywaman, and elsewhere.

Keywords:   Ceremony, Ritual practice, Shrines, Ancestral houses, Sun temples, Archaeology of ritual

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