Once upon a time, a long time ago, Inti,
the sun god, created the first Incan, and named him Manco Capac.
The sun god created a sister for Manco. The sister did not have a name
of her own. She was simply called "his sister". The sun god
told Manco and his sister to go on a journey. Their job was to search
high and low for a special place, a placed called Cuzco. The sun god
gave Manco a golden staff.
The sun god said, "You will know that you
have found Cuzco when the staff is swallowed by the earth. When you
find it, you will build a city and name it Cuzco. In this special
city, you will teach other Indians about the power of the sun
Because no one argued with the sun god, Manco
Capac and his sister immediately traveled into the harsh Andes
Mountains (referred to in this myth as "the wilderness".)
Things were looking pretty grim. Over and over they tried, but they
could not find a place where the golden staff sank into the ground.
One day, they stumbled upon a most beautiful
location, the most beautiful location they had ever seen. When Manco
tested the ground, his staff sank immediately out of sight, just as
the sun god had foretold. Manco Capac and his sister built their city
on that spot. They named their city Cuzco.
There were other tribes in the area, but Manco
soon took over leadership of all the tribes. Manco became the first
ruler of the Incas. That's how Cuzco became the capital of the Incan
Manco went on to have 400 children. When Manco
died at a very old age, the Incas built the Temple of the Sun on the
spot where he died.