A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock by Carolyn J Dean

By Carolyn J Dean

An important contribution to either paintings heritage and Latin American reviews, A tradition of Stone deals refined new insights into Inka tradition and the translation of non-Western artwork. Carolyn Dean specializes in rock outcrops masterfully built-in into Inka structure, exquisitely labored masonry, and freestanding sacred rocks, explaining how convinced stones took on lives in their personal and performed an essential position within the unfolding of Inka background. analyzing the a number of makes use of of stone, she argues that the Inka understood construction in stone as a manner of ordering the chaos of unordered nature, changing untamed areas into domesticated areas, and laying declare to new territories. Dean contends that realizing what the rocks signified calls for seeing them because the Inka observed them: as probably animate, sentient, and sacred. via cautious research of Inka stonework, colonial-period debts of the Inka, and modern ethnographic and folkloric stories of indigenous Andean tradition, Dean reconstructs the relationships among stonework and different elements of Inka existence, together with imperial enlargement, worship, and agriculture. She additionally scrutinizes meanings imposed on Inka stone by means of the colonial Spanish and, later, via tourism and the vacationer undefined. A tradition of Stone is a compelling multidisciplinary argument for rethinking how we see and understand the Inka prior.

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30 In fact, steps at Kenko are placed near a passageway through the outcrop that the Inka modified. Similar carvings of steps near caves, crevices, passages through rock, or waterways are found at Chinchero, Saqsaywaman, Choquequilla, Intinkala, and Salunpunku (Salonpuncu, also known as Lago, Laqo, or Lacco), just to name a few. 31 These are important sites where this world opened into the ancestral realm. 33 In the bestknown Andean origin story, the creator deity made human beings from rock in the area near Lake Titicaca and sent them in pairs underground so that they would emerge from caves, fountains, rivers, and springs in various parts of the Andes.

No doubt empirical observation lent credence to stories about animate stone. 55 Owing to rocks’ potential animacy and their important roles in visualizing history, Andeans engaged with remembered rocks in a variety of ways. Offerings were (and are) the most common method of interacting with potentially animate rock and of keeping the associated stories alive. Some people, particularly members of the Inka royal family as well as diviners, were said to converse with numinous rocks. 57 All these terms imply surrogation.

28 Flowing water visualizes the passage from and communication between under- and upperworlds. 29 The Inka’s “culture of water” clearly and importantly overlaps and intersects with their culture of stone, as water was also a transubstantial medium symbolic of the transitions between parts of the world and diverse stages of being. Steps, found on many carved rocks, likewise symbolize passage and may mark places of transition between worlds. As noted earlier, outcrops themselves are liminal, being both part of the underworld, from which rock and remembrance 33 8.

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