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Common Tradition


The Inca believed in supernatural power in nature and made offerings to Mother Earth. They would have ceremonies at the beginning of the harvest to encourage good growth. They held respect for ancestors in relation to the deceased. They performed earth oven and chicha rituals in the forms of festivals, songs and dance.

The "Inti Raymi" or "Sun Festivity" was the biggest, most important, festivity carried out in Inca times. It was to worship the "Apu Inti," the Sun God. It was held on June 21st every year.

The Incas considered themselves to be descendants of the Sun. They worshiped every year with a great celebration at the end of harvest to thank the Inti Raymi for the crops.