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The Incan Empire in Peru used a “ceque” system boundaries and paths radiating out from their capital at Cuzco to explain the early empire (shown above). The word literally means something close to “religious journey” or “pilgrimage” but the reality was something different. Although major religious shrines were connected by the road system, the shrines, or huacas, often had no roads connecting them to the other huacas on the same ceque. And though the lines were sometimes straight, they also zig-zagged or curved, so that as you journeyed along the ceque you would visit each huaca in turn. It was more of a spiritual understanding of how the religiously important sites of the early empire were all connected.

The huacas themselves could be many things. They could be natural geographical features such as mountains or springs, or man-man objects like palaces or canals. Every huaca had a variety of functions and meanings to those who visited them. For example, a river could both hold a healing spirit, and be prayed to for good crops, and be a political boundary.

The Incan Empire in Peru used a “ceque” system boundaries and paths radiating out from their capital at Cuzco to explain the early empire (shown above). The word literally means something close to “religious journey” or “pilgrimage” but the reality was something different. Although major religious shrines were connected by the road system, the shrines, or huacas, often had no roads connecting them to the other huacas on the same ceque. And though the lines were sometimes straight, they also zig-zagged or curved, so that as you journeyed along the ceque you would visit each huaca in turn. It was more of a spiritual understanding of how the religiously important sites of the early empire were all connected.

The huacas themselves could be many things. They could be natural geographical features such as mountains or springs, or man-man objects like palaces or canals. Every huaca had a variety of functions and meanings to those who visited them. For example, a river could both hold a healing spirit, and be prayed to for good crops, and be a political boundary.

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    Incas ftw! The more I study my heritage, the more interesting it becomes.
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