Capitvlo Primero Entiero Del Inga Inca Illapa Aia Defvnto
First Chapter of the Burial of the Inca, The Deceased Inca
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
This image depicts the traditional burial ceremony of the Inca. The Inca and his coya [queen] would have their bodies embalmed and dressed in garments to make them look alive. The dead Inca and the coya are depicted sitting on the right side of the image. The author explains that the Inca would be mourned for a month and then taken to the pucullo [tomb] to be buried. The pucullo is depicted in the background of the engraving with a skeleton in the window. The figures on the left side of the image are depicted making liquid offerings to the dead Inca and his coya. The caption “yllapa defunto” [deceased Inca] is written beside the Inca. The word “entierro” [burial] is written at the bottom of the image.
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. 145v (Part 4: The Fifth Age of Indians: The Incas)