The Civilization of the Incas Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Civilization of the Incas
Looks at the Incas, an ancient, relatively small and unknown but once powerful South America civilization.
# 148470 | 1,495 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper explains that the true origins of the Incas, why they inhabited this region and to where they traveled is not know; however, from the physical ruins of their civilization, much can be ascertained. Next, the author describes the Incan physical environment, social structure, family life, religion, economy and unique architecture. The paper concludes that the end of the Inca civilization happened from within; it became so weakened that it was brought down by the Spanish expansionists.

Table of Contents:
Origins and a Historical Perspective
Movement and transportation
Social Structure and Family Life
The End of the Incan Civilization

From the Paper:

"The high priestess and priests among the Incas were the once that became the beacons of religious life. There were however, no deities. The Incas worshiped the sun in all its aspects. They worshiped the symbol of the sun, represented by a large golden disk--Punchao. They were also convinced that they had descended from the Heavens. Indeed, may of the religious festivals were based on cycles of the sun--dawn and dusk, and day and night. The festival of the harvest was celebrated by paying abeyance to the Sun Gods. These sun rituals were supposed to be spectacular events, where everybody was well dressed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bauer, Brian S. The Sacred Landscape of the Inca: The Cusco Ceque System. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1998.
  • Hemmings, John, and Edward Ranney. Monuments of the Incas. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.
  • Julien, Catherine. Reading Inca History. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000.
  • Kleiner, Fred S., and Christin J. Mamiya. Gardner's Art through Teh Ages: Non-Western Perspectives. New York: Thomson and Wadsworth, 2006.
  • McEwan, Gordon F. . The Incas: New Perspectives. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006.

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