Tarawasi: On The Inca Road
This drawing, done by Waman Poma*, is an illustration of Manco Inca sitting on an Ushnu.
Manco Inca was the leader of the Inca resistance from 1536 to 1544. Here he is surrounded by his generals and seated on an Ushnu that may have been very similar to the one at Tarawasi that we highlight in this second episode of IncaTalk.
*Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (ca. 1535 – 1616), also known as Huamán Poma or Wamán Poma, was a Quechua nobleman known for chronicling and denouncing the ill treatment of the natives of the Andes by the Spanish after their conquest. Today, Guamán Poma is noted for his illustrated chronicle.
5/3/2022 10:31:53 am
Hi Ms. Elwood and Mr. Frost, I am a civil engineer from Canada. I just watched and enjoyed your video on Tarawasi. I noted that there appears to have been a repair job done on the platform structure. It looks like someone had difficulty piecing back together some of the blocks as a few of them appear not to be mating properly. I would bet that some of the blocks had fallen to the ground in an earthquake. The damage to the faces of some of the rocks is bizarre and doesn't look like anything humans could impose with a simple heat source like fire. Later in the video, where the waterway is discussed that passes through the courtyard of the Spanish structure, I noticed a modern pipe cemented in place passing through the wall. Excellent video - I love learning about Inca/pre-Incan structures. I am noticing platform structures around the world. They exist also in Mexico and I believe even Temple Mount in Jerusalem could be a similar structure that has been re-purposed by Jewish, Roman, and Muslim groups over the past few thousand years.
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Peter Frost is a writer, independent scholar, lecturer and photographer who lives in Cusco, Peru.