Polo de Ondegardo, d. 1575. Information concerning the religion and government of the Incas

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Information concerning the religion and government of the Incas

Published By: Original publisher Lima: [s.n.]. 1916. HRAF MS: ii, 211 p. [Original: xxxvi, 212 p.]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Juan Polo de Ondegardo

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Inka (SE13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Traditional history (173); Domesticated animals (231); Woven and other interworked fabrics (286); Real property (423); Highways and bridges (491); Chief executive (643); External relations (648); Taxation and public income (651); Spirits and gods (776); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Organized ceremonial (796); Ordering of time (805); Ethnometeorology (821);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document is concerned primarily with various forms of taxation and tribute in existence during pre-Spanish days in the Inka empire and the adaptation and reapplication of this basic system during the subsequent Soanish administration. The author, a member of the Spanish judicial administration, was requested by the king of Spain to undertake a study of the customs and traditions of the Inka people so as to form a basic matrix into which the new laws and regulations of the colonial government in addition to the religious doctrines of the Catholicism of the Spanish missionaries could be best fit with the least disruption to the existing religious, economic and political systems of the Inka empire. The results of his investigations appear as the content of this source, which in addition to the primary point of focus mentioned above also contains some limited information on precontact culture history and foreign relations of the Inka, religion and religious personnel, the calendar and associated ceremonials, sorcery, fortunetelling and soothsaying, and the special treatment afforded the dead Inka rulers. The political organization of the Inka empire, as presented in this work, is very difficult to understand, probably due in part to the stylistic difficulties in translating the rather archaic Spanish of the original book into modern English. The researcher is therefore referred to other sources in this file for a more concise picture of the political system. At the end of the source, pp. 196-211, there are two appendices (A and B) which are arranged to correspond to the chapters of the main body of the text. These chapters contain a wealth of information in the form of numbered notes amplifying various aspects of Inka ethnography mentioned in the text.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. se13-005

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English translation from Spanish

Note: Translation of: [Informaciones accrea de la religión y gobierno de los Incas] Translated for the HRAF files by A. Brunel, John Murra, and Sidney Muirden

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1545

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Judicial Personnel-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1966

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1200-1600

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Peru

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Incas


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