Door to enclosure of Sun temple at Machu Picchu, Peru.
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Inti was considered the Sun
god and the ancestor of the Incas. Inca people were living in South America in the ancient Peru. In the remains of the city of Machu Picchu, it is possible to see a shadow clock which describes the course of the Sun personified by Inti.
Inti and his wife Pachamama, the Earth goddess, were
regarded as benevolent deities. According to an ancient Inca myth, Inti taught
his son Manco Capac and his daughter Mama Ocollo the arts of civilization and
sent them to the Earth to instruct mankind about what they had learned.
Inti ordered his children to build the Inca capital where a divine golden wedge, they carried with them, would fall to the ground. Incas believed this happened in the city of Cuzco, which has been founded by the Ayar.
Inti is celebrated even today in Peru during the Festival of Inti Raimi in Cuzco.
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