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11 Religions of Ancient Origin

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The ancient Inca story of creation from the Big Myth collection.

Although the Inca were the largest pre-Colombian American empire, they lacked a written language For this reason (lack of census records) estimates of their size has varied ranging from 4 million people to nearly 40 million...


The Inca worshipped both a creator god and the sun, moon and stars. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally travels to the Peruvian Andes to explore the remnants of Inca civilisation - the city of Pisac, which, like all Inca cities, was designed in the shape of a sacred animal; Cajamarca, where the Inca leader Atahualpa was murdered by the Spaniards; and the sacred mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.

A.D. 650 - the ancient Maya. Rising from the mists of central America are Mayan stone pyramids, plazas, painted ball courts and majestic temples. The Kingdom of the legendary Inca emperors, whose rule marked the stunning climax of 3,000 years of South American cultural evolution, is documented here. The enigmas of the Nazca, creators of the earth-drawings, the 15,000-mile Inca road system, the engineering feat that is the fabled Machu Picchu and the final devastating encounter with the Spanish conquistador, are all recorded in this documentary.