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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 – II

The Inca Motif in Colonial Fiestas – II

(p.124) Chapter Eleven The Inca Motif in Colonial Fiestas – II
Habsburg Peru
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the participation of the Inca nobility in a customary annual fiesta and procession held in honour of Our Lady of Loreto on August 22, 1692 in the Inca capital of Cuzco in Peru. Aside from the great religious festivals such as Corpus Christi and Semana Santa, such processions were a common occurrence under Spanish colonial rule. What was striking about the Loreto fiesta and procession is that it appears to have been celebrated primarily by the Inca nobles of Cuzco. This chapter considers why the Incas should have celebrated precisely under the aegis of the Virgin of Loreto, and why in August. It shows that the Loreto procession was remarkable not only for its Incan insignia, raiment, and symbolism but also for the colonial Inca nobility's apparent appropriation of the cofradía ‘format’ to celebrate an apparent symbolic gesture towards the quondam feast of Coya Raimi and the Citua rites.

Keywords:   Incas, Cuzco, nobility, religious festivals, processions, Our Lady of Loreto, symbolism, Coya Raimi, Citua rites

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