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Native Languages of the Americas:
Quechua/Inca Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Inca folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have indexed our Native American myths section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Incas, the traditional stories of other Andean tribes like the Aymara are very similar.

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Quechua/Inca Mythological Figures

Viracocha (also spelled Huiracocha, Wiracucha or Wiraqutra, sometimes known by the longer forms Apu Qun Tiqsi Wiraqutra, Tiqsi Huiracocha, or Con-Tici Viracocha): The great creator god of Inca mythology.

Inti: Son of Viracocha and the Incan god of the Sun, from whom the Inca emperors were believed to be descended.

Pachamama: Earth goddess of the Incas, still revered by many Quechua people today.

Trickster Animals: Many Quechua stories feature sly animal heroes playing tricks on each other or on their neighbors. Like modern cartoon animals, the tricksters often die in these stories and spontaneously come back to life. Fox is the most common Quechua trickster spirit, but Guinea Pig and Mouse often also play trickster roles.

Inca Indian Folklore

*Inca Mythology:
    Collection of Inca myths and folklore.
*The Myths of Mexico and Peru:
    Online book of Aztec, Mayan, and Incan mythology.
*Inca Creation Myth:
    Inca legend about the origin of the world.
*Inca Creation Myths * The Inca Creation Myth:
    Inca stories about the creation of the world.
*Inca Flood Myth * South American Floods: * Inca Flood Myth:
    Inca legends about the flooding of the earth.
*Fable Of The Origin Of The Incas Of Cuzco * The First Settlers In The Valley Of Cuzco:
    Quechua legends about the origin of the Cuzco Incas.
*Festival of the Sun:
    Stories about the Inca festival of Raymi.
*The Shepherd And The Daughter Of The Sun:
    Inca legend about a pair of tragic lovers who were turned to stone.
*The Ynca Pachacutec * Death Of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui:
    Inca tales about the life and death of the legendary emperor Pachacutec.

Recommended Books on Inca Myth and Legend
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Handbook of Inca Mythology:
    Large, illustrated compendium of Incan mythology and traditional narratives.
Inca Myths:
    Creation myths and other legends from the Incas.

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Additional Resources

 Inca Indian mythology
 Inca culture
 Quechua language
 Native American myth books
 Indian religion and culture
 Peru indigenous people
 Inca words
 Andes tribes
 List of American Indian nations

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