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.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend an Inca legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
(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.
Son of Viracocha and the Incan god of the Sun, from whom the Inca emperors were
believed to be descended.
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.