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A page for the various deities, animals, legendary creatures and people told of in Inca mythology.

Viracocha ("Sea Foam") note 

The great creator deity. Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and seen as the creator of all things, or the substance from which all things are created, and intimately associated with the sea. Viracocha created the universe, sun, moon, and stars, time (by commanding the sun to move over the sky) and civilization itself. Viracocha was worshipped as god of the sun and of storms.
  • The Maker: The originator in the pantheon, the one who created everything and the father or grandfather of most of the gods.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Being a creator, these three tend to be his go-to power sets, seen as coming from the sea.
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  • Taken for Granite: He created people by doing the opposite of this... but was more than willing to turn someone BACK to stone if he wanted to...
  • Tender Tears: Viracocha was filled with infinite compassion for humans, and as such was seen as constantly weeping for the cruelties men heaped upon one another.

Pachamama ("Earth Mother")

A fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes. She is also an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth.


Inti ("Sun")

God of the Sun and main god in the pantheon. The Incas (the monarchs) claimed direct descent from him, and role as the patron of the Empire seems to have vascillated between him and Viracocha.

Mama Quilla ("Moon Mother")

She was the third power and goddess of the moon. She was the older sister and wife of Inti, daughter of Viracocha and mother of Manco Cápac and Mama Uqllu (Mama Ocllo), mythical founders of the Inca empire and culture. She was the goddess of marriage and the menstrual cycle, and considered a defender of women. She was also important for the Inca calendar since time was counted by the passage of days.

The Apus

The particular spirit of each mountain, sometimes also present in a particular rock or cave. Coincidentally "apu" was also the Quechua word for military officer.

Cochamama ("Ocean Mother")

The ancient Incan goddess of sea and fishes, guardian of sailors and fishermen, wife of Viracocha, mother of Inti and Mama Killa. In some regions of empire people believed she was the goddess of all bodies of water, including lakes, rivers, and even human-made watercourses.

Illapa ("Thunder") note 

God of lightning. Kept the Milky Way in a jug and used it to create rain.



Lake goddess.


God of of the hearth and health.


Helped in the creation of the world.


Moon god.


A virgin goddess who ate a fruit made of the sperm of Coniraya. She had a son, but was ashamed because of Coniraya's low stature among the gods. Because of this, she fled to the sea where she transformed herself and her son into sea rocks.


The llama god and patron of herders.


He was both the god of death and ruler of the Ukhu Pacha, the Incan underworld, as well as a race of demons. Supay is also associated with miners' rituals.
  • Everyone Hates Hades / Hijacked by Jesus: The Spaniards specifically referred to him as the devil, which isn't entirely surprising given his tropes described below.
  • Horned Humanoid: Was depicted with a pair of horns on his head.
  • Noble Demon: For all the suffering he caused, he did have a code of honor.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He was associated with snakes and while he wasn't necessarily abhorred, he was not the nicest guy in the pantheon.


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