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Incas were the first to plant Potatoes

Posted by seshdotcom on September 20, 2009

We all know Potatoes are tuberous crops and it is very commonly used to prepare various dishes in Asia and in Europe but the astonishing fact is the Incas were the first to plant potatoes.Wiki says that the annual diet of a Person in this world is like 33Kg of Potatoes.

History of Solanum tuberosum:

It would seem that a potato is a potato  but it is not so. The most common type of potato eaten in the world today is the solanum tuberosum, which is directly traced to Inca agriculture. In fact, the solanum tuberosum
was one of several hundred potatoes and tubers grown in the Inca Empire. Today, most potatoes worldwide fall under one of about seven different potato species. In the Andes, roughly 3,000 different potato varieties are grown and sold. Lima, Peru, is home to the International Potato Center,where some 5,000 potato species have been developed.

Preparation of the spud:

The Incas cooked potatoes in stews, baked them in coals, and prepared them for storage.The Incas developed chuño, Chuno is a freeze-dried potato made by the Quenchuan Community in the Parts of Peru and Bolivia .

Process of Making Chuno:

It is Generally told as a 6 days process where the  potatoes were sliced thin and placed in neat rows outside, where they froze overnight. Each morning for several days, ice crystals were removed from the potato slices until the potatoes were dry. Freeze-dried potatoes fed Inca families through long winters and famines, and were stored in warehouses for feeding    the army or hungry citizens.They were also placed at “rest stops”(Laybies)along Inca roads to feed travelers on their trips.

Courtesy Wiki/Inca World

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The Religion the Inca People Followed

Posted by seshdotcom on May 28, 2009

                    People who do not know who Incas are(Because the last post about Incas was way back some 2 months ag0 I reckon so this is just a reminder—–> The small group of Quechua living in the Cuzco Valley in Peru(Western South America) which was previously held by the spanish ok now lets see the religion and the gods they follow

                   In the Diurnal months in the calendar the Inca people concentrated more on their work and during the nocturnal months the religion of the Incas played a major role-Every month in the nocturnal calendar had atleast one religious celebration and it was believed that the Incas had more than 120 religious rituals(Religious Practice)throughout the year which is an Gargantuan Number considering their Short term mythology and Popularity they had now coming to their Belief –their God is Viracocha–is neither male nor female created the earth, sky, stars, and all living things and their Main diety was Viracocha.They had a very Interesting Belief of how sun came and how the Living things came into existence read the following I enjoyed this while writing They believed Viracocha made the sun and moon by plucking them from an island in Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes.while people and animals were formed from clay in Tiahuanaco on the lakeshore.Tiahuanaco is an important Pre-Columbian Archaelogical site.

They had 100% of their Belief in Sun God:

                                  The Incas honored the sun, Inti, as an important god, portraying Inti as a face within a golden disk and surrounded by rays. Officially, the sapa inca(sapa in Quechuan language means Unique Leader) was the “son of the sun,” a divine being that directly descended from the sun god. Upon death, the people believed the sapa inca had returned to the sun. The major religious event of the year was the Inti Raymi, a multi-day festival honoring Inti, complete with food supplied by the sapa inca and local priests

 

Courtesy Wiki

They believed
Viracocha made the sun and moon by plucking them from an island in
Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes, while people and animals were formed
from clay in Tiahuanaco on the lakeshore

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The Inca Empire—>Just an Intro

Posted by seshdotcom on March 8, 2009

Hey this is a new category of my Weblog –>Quite an Young Category lets see how things Pan Out

               It is not easy to gather information about the Inca Empire like other Empires because the Inca Empire did not have any Written things they did not even have symbols called hieroglyphs in ancient Egyptian Language.The Inca civilization passed its history along by means of oral tradition.

What does Inca mean?

                                   Inca is a Member of the Quechuan people living in the Cuzco valley in Peru.The Cuzco is the Capital city of the Inca Empire.The Word “Inca” in Quechuan Language refers to a Leader/Chief.There is one more word called Sapa Inca which means unique leader.So according to some of the works made on Inca Empire —>It was said to have been ruled by 13 Sapa Incas.The empire began in Cuzco, a village founded by Manco Capac, thefirst sapa inca, and settled by his followers. The village still exists in what is today southeastern Peru.They(The Incas)ruled over 2500 miles in along the South America and not to forget one another thing these were just known by the Oral sayings no records or anything to Prove this.

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