Abvciones Agveros Atitapia Acoiraqvi
Evil Omens, Misfortunes
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
This busy image depicts many omens that were considered evil in the Inca Empire. These omens were believed to bring misfortune or death. A snake is depicted at the bottom of the image with the words “machacuay acoyraqui puromanca cay uacichic” [serpent of misfortune our house will be destroyed] written along the length of the snake. Above the snake is a fox looking to the left with a caption written on its body that reads “El zorro arrastra al demonio, arrastra a su creador” [the fox drags the demon, drags his creator]. Above the fox is a large insect and the caption above it reads “nina nina curucta ayzaycuuan, uarmi uanonca” [a large insect has brought a worm, my wife will die]. A butterfly is illustrated above the insect. There is a caption above the butterfly that reads “tapacuy yaycuan uanazacmi” [a butterfly approached]. There is a tree on the right side of the image with a chusic [owl] at the top of the tree, then a tuco [horned owl] in the middle, with a pacpac [pymgy owl] to the top right of the pygmy owl, then a chicollo [bird], and the last branch depicts a pecpe [small bird]. The man in the centre of the image has a frightened expression on his face, and the caption beside him reads “astaya uanozacmi” [bad luck, I will die].
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. 142v (Part 4: The Fifth Age of Indians: The Incas)