Original Inca stonework at Cuzco, Peru.
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Image courtesy of Corel Corporation.
Incas of ancient Peru believed that Pachamama personified the Earth
ruled Peru from about 1450 until 1532 when Spaniards conquered their territories.
Pachamama and her husband Inti
, the Sun god, were viewed as generous deities.
Incas used to offer llamas and other animals as sacrifices to the Earth goddess.
According to an ancient legend, the first Incas had sacrificed a llama before
entering their capital Cuzco. They entered the city with the lungs of the llama
and the golden wedge that symbolize the Sun god Inti.
Pachamama continues to be worshipped today in Peru, where she has also been identified with the Virgin Mary by Indian Christians.
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