Children of the Sun
The Inca worshipped many
gods and goddesses. They believed every mountain peak was either the
home of a god or an actual god. All the Inca had one or more
little statues in their homes that housed a little spirit that looked
after them. They knew little gods lurked everywhere.
prayed to their gods every day. About once a month, the priests held a
huge celebration. That was the common people's day or days off from work.
Everyone went to the celebration. It was a festival, put on by the
government, in honor of the gods. Some festivals ran more than one
Inca believed in omens and signs and the power of dreams. One of their
specialized professions for the common people was that of
The Inca conducted sacrifices
at every festival. But they only sacrificed people if something really
huge was going on, like a war.
believed in an afterlife. They mummified their dead. During some
festivals, they carried around mummified bodies.
June, the Incas held their most important festival - the festival of the
Sun. The people believed the Sun was holding this festival. So everyone
wore their best and feasted and were joyous. All the nobles came to
Cusco. The Sapa Inca was the host. This was the festival each year
that saved the world and kept the sun happy. The festival lasted nine
days, but it was on the fourth day that the Incas did something
delightful. On the fourth day, everyone in the empire would stretch out
their arms to the sun and make kissing noises, to make sure the sun knew
how grateful they were.
Raymi - Festival of the Sun