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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Manco Capac 1 fl. 12th century. Legendary founder of the Inca dynasty who established Cuzco as the center of what would later become the Inca empire.
  • Manco Capac 2 Died 1544. Last Incan emperor, he was crowned (1534) as a puppet ruler by Francisco Pizarro after the execution of his brother Atahualpa. He later fled Cuzco and mounted a lengthy but ultimately unsuccessful rebellion against Spanish rule.


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  • Manco Capac had by his sister-wife, Mama Ocllo, a son called Sinchi Roca or Cinchi Roca.

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  • Worshipers could symbolically relive the harrowing journey of Manco Capac and his sister, Mama Occlo, who both rose out of Lake Titicaca to found a great city.

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  • Incas learned that Manco Capac, the first Inca, arose from Lake Titicaca and created the Tihuantinsuyo.

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  • A friendly taxi driver pointed out sights on the way to the hotel, including a huge mountainside monument to the first Inca, Manco Capac, and a statue of a great Incan king, Pachacuti.

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  • Incan history, as told to the Spaniards, revolved around the heroic exploits of the twelve men who in turn inherited from Manco Capac the mande of the Inca.

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  • Manco Capac called upon the local people to abandon their nakedness, their diet of wild seeds, their wretched lives to follow him into the valley where the imperial capital of Cuzco would be built.

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  • Manco Capac, son of the Sun, became the first Inca, taking as his coya, or queen, his sister, the daughter of the Moon.

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  • The Sun, lord of the universe, dispatched his son Manco Capac, and the Moon gave her daughter Mama Occlo to be his bride.

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  • One of the most sacrosanct of Inca memories was the birth of the nation, the moment at the foot of Wanakauri when the earth had at last accepted the golden staff of Manco Capac.

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  • It was this trajectory that Manco Capac followed on his mythical journey north from the islands of the sun and the moon.

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