The Andean Tradition dates back more than 14 000 years, although it became renowned as the spiritual practice of the Inca civilisation.
Legend has it that a great gold disk rose up from the waters of Lake Titicaca, bearing a male (Manco Capac) and a female (Mama Oclla). They founded the city of Cusco and went on to create one of the greatest empires our world has ever seen. The Incan empire encompassed an area even larger than the conquered empire of Alexander the Great, spanning Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.
Through the teaching of various agricultural, building and weaving techniques, among many other skills, Manco Capac won the confidence of the local Indian inhabitants, the Queros who formed the Inca culture and went on to conquer many surrounding tribes. They included in the Incan civilisation the best of all these conquered cultures.
Although Manco Capac, together with his female counterpart, Mama Oclla, taught homage to the father sun (Inti), the spiritual practice was influenced by the incorporation of the various religious gods and expressions practiced by the indigenous cultures which had been conquered. Although the Incan empire no longer exists, the Andean tradition today, has survived Westernisation possibly due to its geographical location. For example the Quero Indians, who are responsible for its continuance, live at great heights in the Andes and are largely inaccessible.
Like so many sacred traditions on our planet, these teachings have become available and although the methods of transmission have been altered, the information remains undiluted.
Many writings on the Incan spirituality and it’s practices are available but most offer a gross misrepresentation of the truth. Many historical writings were made by missionaries whose understanding of the beliefs and events were influences by their own beliefs and religious perceptions. The Incas did not actually worship the sun (inti), but rather recognized all of creation as a living organism which needed to be respected and honoured, a living expression which is the creation of Ille Tisci Wiracocha (God).