Artibus et Historiae no. 9 (V)

1984, ISSN 0391-9064

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GEORGE KUBLER - Written Sources on Andean Cosmogony

Mesoamerican and Andean theories of cosmogonic creation were anciently related as myths, and reunited after the Spanish conquest by accounts written between 1550 and 1633. Two groups separate about 1572: the earlier mentions only two creations, and a later one includes evolutionary schemes and systems of three, four and five creations like those of Mesoamerica. These literary traditions are more Spanish than Indian, but they reflect an underlying and ancient unity of Amerindian cosmogonic theories. The illustrations are taken from Mexican and Andean manuscripts and monuments.

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