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Archaeological InterpretationsSymbolic Meaning within Andes Prehistory$
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Peter Eeckhout

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066448

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066448.001.0001

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Reflective and Communicative Waka

Reflective and Communicative Waka

Interaction with the Sacred

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Archaeological Interpretations

Frank Meddens

University Press of Florida

Andean waka are frequently referenced as talking and are portrayed as being consulted by the living elite. In this type of dialogue these sacred entities often appear remarkably fallible. Community leaders such as Inca rulers are at times presented on an equal footing with the sacred beings, such as in kay pacha. This chapter attempts to unravel the nature of communication between the sacred realm and those who would mediate between waka and the people and interpret and give meaning to the speech of non-human actors.

Keywords:   waka, Inca rulers, kay pacha

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