Early Modern Period

Start date

1200 AD

End Date

1533 AD


Inca Religion

Main Teachings

Reciprocity with gods, nature, concept of 'ayni' or mutual aid, underworld called Ukhu Pacha

Metaphysical Beliefs


Ethical and Moral Principles

Reciprocity and community

Ritual and Devotional Practices

Offerings, Festivals

Spiritual Practices

Meditation, Dream interpretation

Foundational Teachings and Scriptures

Oral tradition, Quechua songs

Narrative Traditions

Creation myths

Sub Type


Historical and Cultural Context

Ancient Religions

Historical Development

Primal or Indigenous Religion

Geographical Distribution

Western Religions

Organizational Structure

Institutional Religions

Scriptural Authority

Revealed Religion

Sociological Approach

Ethnic Religion

Philosophical or Ideological Focus

Naturalistic Religion

Gods or Deities

Inti, Viracocha

Beliefs on the Afterlife and End Times

Afterlife in the underworld (Uku Pacha)

Existance of Afterlife


Existance of Reincarnation


Religious Structures

Temples, Huacas

Religious Leader Types or Roles

Willaq Umu (Priests), Pachacuti (Shamans)