The Andean Creation Myth


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Andean Creation Myth

In the beginning, the god Viracocha created a lightless Earth, inhabited by giants that neither respected nor obeyed him. Enraged by their behavior, he sent a huge flood that exterminated all life on the planet. Then, he decided to create new people, in a shape and size similar to his own, and to instruct them, he sent a delegate called Viracoch√°n. This was a wise man that taught humans all techniques and skills and healing methods necessary for life, founded the city of Cuzco (Peru), created a person from whom the Quechua peoples descended, and prophesied the coming of a great empire ruled by them. Not all humans respected Viracoch√°. Some made fun of him and were turned into stone. Once he fulfilled his mission in Earth, the divine envoy walked into the waters and disappeared.


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