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Peter T. Bradley and David Cahill

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239147

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313264

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The Inca Motif in Colonial Fiestas – I

The Inca Motif in Colonial Fiestas – I

(p.115) Chapter Ten The Inca Motif in Colonial Fiestas – I
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The Bishop of Cuzco, Juan Manuel Moscoso y Peralta, critiqued Incaic symbolism in religious festivals and asserted that Incaic dress was strictly required for the indigenous nobility on ‘all’ civic and ecclesiastical occasions. This claim is problematic and not amply supported in contemporary descriptions of civic ceremonies. There is abundant evidence that Incaic raiment was worn on major ecclesiastical occasions, including Arzáns y Vela's account of the 1555 celebrations in Potosí, Garcilaso de la Vega's description of the 1555 inaugural Corpus Christi festivities in Cuzco, and representations of the Incas in 1659 and 1725 festivities in Lima. This chapter examines the participation of the Inca nobility in fiestas during Spain's colonial rule, focusing on the 1610 Cuzqueño festivities honouring the beatification of Ignatius de Loyola and an Incaic procession held in 1692 in connection with the Jesuit chapel of Loreto in Cuzco.

Keywords:   Cuzco, religious festivals, fiestas, nobility, Incas, symbolism, beatification, Ignatius de Loyola, Spain

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