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Inca Empire for Kids
The Royals & Nobility

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Pointy Heads and Dangling Earlobes

It was easy to tell if someone was a royal or a nobleman. When a royal or a nobleman was just a small child, a board would be strapped to their head. This would force the top of their head to grow almost to a point. This was the symbol of nobility, including the reining royal family (wives and sons of the Sapa Inca).

Each noble family had a distinctive hairstyle for the men. But earrings were the same for all noblemen. Men had their ears pierced when they were about 12-14 years old. The men all wore really heavy earrings, designed to change the shape of their earlobes. By the time they were 20 years old or so, their earlobes had been pulled so out of shape that they rested on their shoulders. This was high fashion. Dangling earlobes never went out of style.

Rich and poor dressed in the same fashion, although perhaps not with the same softness of fabric. Men wore knee length tunic, with a poncho for warmth. The women wore long dresses and wrapped themselves in colorful blankets or capes as needed. Men and women wore jewelry. The Inca people loved anything that glittered. They loved embroidery.

All the nobles lived a life of luxury. They could own land, but they did not have to farm it themselves, or pay taxes. The commoners did that job. Some nobles actually had jobs in the government, but most nobles spent their time trying to look ever more attractive, and trying to think of ways to entertain the Sapa Inca and his family.

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