Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship: Strategies for Empire Unification (Hardback)Thomas Besom (author)
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Besom examines the relationship between symbols, ideology, ritual, and power to demonstrate how the Cuzquenos could have used rituals to manipulate common Andean symbols to uphold their authority over subjugated peoples. He considers ethnohistoric accounts of the categories of human sacrifice to gain insights into related rituals and motives, and reviews the ethnohistoric evidence of mountain worship to predict locations as well as motives. He also analyses specific archaeological sites and assemblages, theorising that they were the locations of sacrifices designed to assimilate subject peoples, bind conquered lands to the state, and/or justify the extraction of local resources.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 27 mm
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