Lesson One

Here is a growing and evolving collection of different views of Viracocha. This collection comes from many different sources. I am in the process of posting many more items, so please return again in the near future to see the additions.

In Lesson Two we will begin to boil things down a bit and classify Viracocha's teachings into just a few different main categories which we can then investigate more deeply.


The following are legends of the Incan empire in South America. To be noted is the story of Viracocha, the great White God of the Incans, who tends to have some similarities with the Aztec God, Quetzalcoatl, as well as the close relationship with other white god legends that permeate the Americas and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The quotes come from the book, "Mitos, Leyendas y Cuentos de los Quechuas " by Jesus Lara, Los Amigos del Libro, Cochabamba Bolivia, 1973), most of which are quotes from Quechua Indians or Spanish priests that lived there at the time.

Who was Viracocha?

"The original people of this land say, that in the beginning or before the world was created, was one named Viracocha. He created the dark world without sun, moon, nor stars; and because of this creation they called him Viracocha Pachayachachi, which means 'creator of all things.' After the creation of the world was formed a race of deformed giants."

Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, History of the Incans , 1572 (Lara, pg 38).

The Pre-Incan Peoples

"The Indians of this age were called Auqapacharuna.... They lived and multiplied for 2000 years. They dispersed, abandoning the good regions that had been occupied by their ancestors, because contradictions and arguments arose among them, as well as the fear of war. From their populated lands below, they went upon the high hills and for their defense they began to construct fortifications which they called pukara. They constructed walls and towers, and within these, homes and fortifications and hiding places and wells to obtain water for drinking.

"There came a time (era) of strifes and wars, with terrible (cruel) battles and much death....They fought with varied weapons. They conquered with these arms and had much death and bloodshed, until the conquerors captured the conquered and took away their women and sons, their fields and acqueducts and pastures.

"They adored God and Creator as did the ancients and from a very long time ago they had among them charity and law. They were good men and women. There was much food and the people and herds multiplied."

Pedro Cieza de Leon. "Del Senorio de los Incas" 1551, (Lara pg 126).


"Before the Incans reigned in these kingdoms or were even known, these Indians taught another very important thing, because they affirmed that there was a long time without seeing the sun, and they suffered greatly due to lacking it. They cried greatly and pledged oaths to those they had as gods, begging them for the missing light; and being in these difficulties, arising from the Isle of Titicaca... came the brilliant sun, for which all rejoiced. And after this happened, they say that near Mid-day came a white man of large stature, whose aspect or persona showed great authority and veneration, and that this man, so they saw, had great power, that the hills were made plains and the plains made giant hills, making fountains out of rock; and recognizing such power, they called him 'Creator of all things', 'the Beginning (First of All)', 'Father of the Sun', and he did greater things, giving life to man and animals and by his hand came all good things... he went toward the North, doing these marvelous works... and never came back. In many places he commanded the people how to live, speaking lovingly and with much kindness, admonishing them to be good and not to hurt or injure each other, but love each other and in all things have charity... In many places they built temples (to him)... and made sacrifices...

"They tell of another man similar to this one...that came and took the sick and healed them and with words alone gave sight to the blind....and on this matter they say more, that leaving there he went to the sea coast where holding his mantle, walked on the waves and they never saw him again; and as it was they named him Viracocha, which means 'Foam of the Sea.'"

Pedro Cieza de Leon. "Del Senorio de los Incas" 1551, (Lara pg 126).

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