The True Sun of the Incas

© Andy Lloyd; Reprinted with permission Labyrinthina.com.

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The golden disc is shaped in a distinctly oblong shape, and is separate from the self-evident Sun-disc. We also have a complex set of celestial symbols of which the Sun is simply one of several. The elliptical disc appears to be part of a celestial Trinity. This is hardly the hall-mark of a major Solar Cult among the Inca peoples. So if Coricancha was not dedicated to the Sun, then what did the Incas devote their golden temple to? In the centre of the diagram of the High Altar is a massive golden ellipse. To either side of it are the Sun and Moon, and depictions of Venus as the Morning and Evening Star. The ellipse is surmounted by a cross of stars, and further stars lie below it. This celestial scene focuses upon the ellipse as the all-important source of the Universe in the form of the god Viracocha. Sammer then goes on to argue that this ellipse signifies the ‘true Sun’ of the Inca, a phrase we have heard before… “As to the disk itself, Pachacuti describes it thus: “Dicen que fue imagen del Hacedor del verdadero sol, del sol llamado Viracochan pachayachachiy”—“They say that it was the image of the Creator of the true sun, of the sun called Viracochan pachayachachiy.” Viracochan pachayachachiy is usually translated as “Viracocha, Ruler of the Entire Earth.” … Viracocha is called the “true sun” … to distinguish him from our familiar luminary.” (9)

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