Cesto Calle Macta
The Sixth Group Macta
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
The author explains that there were ten paths for pmen to follow in the Inca Empire based on age division. This sixth group was called macta [young boy]. This group was young boys aged twelve to eighteen years old who had the duties of watching over farmer’s herds and to catch birds that would be used for meat. The young boy depicted in the image is illustrated holding a net in his right hand and three dead birds in his left. There is a herd of llamas depicted standing behind him. The caption at the bottom of the image reads “de edad de doze años cirue a la comunidad y sapci” which translates to “twelve years old, he serves the community and their sapsi [property].”
El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno [The First New Chronicle and Good Government]
This manuscript was not a published work, which is why the year and locale of creation is approximated. The author did not use a foliation method of numbering the pages, but rather a modern paging system. He begins his first page on fol. 1v instead of fol. 1r. The “Image Placement” will indicate the method in which the author numbered his pages, however the “Physical Location” will be indicated using the foliation system.
Fol. 104r (Part 4: The Fifth Age of Indians: The Incas)