Guamán Poma de Ayala, Felipe, fl., 1613. The first new chronicle and good government

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Introduction /by Posnansky (1) /

The Work Of Phelipe Guaman Poma De Ayala “el Primer Nueva Coronica Y Buen Gobierno”


Untitled Section: ...

First Chronicle

Most Holy Trinity

Very Holy Father Pope

Letter From The Father Of The Author

Holy Catholic And Royal Majesty

Letter Of The Author


The First Beginning Of Said Chronicle

Masses Of Devotion Of Father Ayala

First Generation Of The World

Second Age Of The World

Third Age Of The World

Fourth Age Of The World From King David

Fifth Age Of The World

Pontifical Chair Of Rome

Chapter Of The First Generation Of Indians

Second Age Of Indians Variruna

Third Age Of The Indians Purunruna (1)

The Fourth Age Of Indians Aucaruna (1)

First Chapter Of The Incas Tocay Capac, First Inca

Second Inca

Miracle Of God Of The Apostle Saint Bartholomew

The Third Inca

The Fourth Inca

The Fifth Inca

The Sixth Inca

The Seventh Inca

The Eighth Inca

The Ninth Inca

The Tenth Inca

The Eleventh Inca

The Twelfth Inca

The First Coya

The Second Coya

The Third Coya

The Fourth Coya

The Fifth Coya

The Sixth Coya

The Seventh Coya

The Eighth Coya

The Ninth Coya

The Tenth Coya

The Eleventh Coya

The Twelfth Coya


The First Captain

The Second Captain

The Third Captain

The Fourth Captain

The Fifth Captain

The Sixth Captain

The Seventh Captain

The Eighth Captain

The Ninth Captain

The Tenth Captain

The Eleventh Captain

The Twelfth Captain

The Thirteenth Captain

The Fourteenth Captain

The Fifteenth Captain

The First Lady

Second Lady

Third Lady

Fourth Lady

Captains Hired By Your Majesty


General Inspection

First General Inspection

Second Inspection

Third Inspection

Fourth Inspection

Fifth Inspection

Sixth Inspection

Seventh Inspection

Eighth Inspection

Ninth Inspection

Tenth Inspection

First Inspection Of Women

First Inspection

Second Inspection

Third Inspection

Fourth Inspection (1)

Fifth Inspection

Sixth Inspection

Seventh Inspection

Eighth Inspection

Ninth Inspection

Tenth Inspection

Chapter One Of The Months /of The/ Years Of The Incas

The First Month, January












End Of The Month

Idols, Uacas, Of The Inca

Idols And Uacas Of The Chinchaysuyo

Idols And Uacas Of The Andisuyos

Chapter Of The Common Sorcerers

Pontiffs With Emblems

Sorcerers Who Suck



Fasting Of The Inca

Burial Of The Inca

Burial Of The Chinchaysuyos

Burial Of The Andisuyos





First Chapter On Justice

First Punishment Of This Kingdom

The Second Punishment

The Third Punishment

The Fourth Punishment

Fifth Punishment

First Chapter Of The Fiestas







First Chapter Of Palaces


Estaturas /tr., Literally “stature,” “height”/



There Was No Tribute

Most Excellent Lord Viceroy

Justice Of The Court, Judge

Chief Constable




Those Who Erect Landmarks

Royal Highways

Bridges Of These Kingdoms


Accountant And Treasurer

Inspector And Judge

The Royal Council

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

Title: The first new chronicle and good government

Published By: Original publisher Paris: Institut d'ethnologie. 1936. HRAF MS. iii, 402 p. [Original: c. 1179 p.]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala

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); Transmission of messages (202); Normal garb (291); Special garments (292); Weapons (411); Occupational specialization (463); Decorative art (531); Age stratification (561); Classes (565); Chief executive (643); Executive household (644); Advisers to the chief executive (645); Deliberative councils (646); Sanctions (681); Legal and judicial personnel (693); Military organization (701); Uniform and accouterment (714); Mythology (773); Revelation and divination (787); Organized ceremonial (796); Ordering of time (805);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Considerable information pertaining to the history of this source, its author, and the HRAF version will be found in the introduction of the transcription from the original manuscript to modern Spanish by Arthur Posnansky (La Paz: Instituto 'Tihuanacu' de Antropologie, Etnografia y Prehistoria, 1944). The introduction of this transcription and Posnansky's footnotes are included in this source though the original Paris edition was used for the translation. This source is of special value in its presentation of customs and conditions of the Inka empire as viewed by an indigenous author who was not of the Cuzco nobility. He both wrote and drew pictures revealing many facets of Inka traditional history, dress, social and political organization, judicial sanctions, and other customs. There are a number of references to practices of adjoining peoples who became subject to the Inkas in the course of their expansion. The drawings were evidently prepared with the expectation of their use in instructing of informing illiterates, and are uniquely descriptive in supplementing the text. Although the author's command of Spanish and extensive use of native terms cause certain difficulties for the reader, and there is an obvious confusion of Inka and Christian history and mythology, this work offers much valuable data on pre-Spanish Inka culture which is not available in other sources.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

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. se13-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

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

Note: Translation of: [El primer nueva coronica i buen gobierno: Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (codex pTruvien illustré)]|The work was probably completed in 1613 after twenty or thirty years of labor. cf. p. xiv|'Avant-propos' signed: P. Rivet|'Nueva corónica y buen gobierno de don Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, codex péruvien illustré| Renseignements sommaires, par Richard Pietschmann': p. [vii]-xxviii|Translated by Mme. Marie Ange Monges from Nachrichten von der Königlichen gesellschaft der wissenschaften zu G÷ttingen|Philologisch-historische klasse. Berlin,1908, p. 637-659 Includes bibliographical references Translated for the HRAF files by Sidney Muirden in 1961|Omitted from the files: pages 367-1179 of the original, dealing primarily with the Spanish conquest and later colonial history.

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1613

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 Indigene-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. George R. Bedell ; 1961

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1200-1613

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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