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Return of Lord Inca

Michael F. Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

in War of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0005
Return of Lord Inca

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Juan Santos proclaimed a spiritual message that in short order led Asháninkas and neighboring peoples to abandon Franciscan missions and begin active resistance to Spanish control. The fate of Milla's party set the pattern for subsequent campaigns against the new Lord Inca. The Indians had delivered the Spanish a devastating setback. The Franciscans attempted a peaceful reconquest by dispatching groups of friars to the rebel-held zone. Juan Santos is depicted as a heretic and imposter, and it makes him out to be a superior man, endowed with great intelligence and verbal facility. Ethnographic research among modern-day Asháninkas reveals that Inca is held to be a powerful, revitalizing personage. The legacy of the nativistic passion of Juan Santos was both practical and symbolic. The Asháninka story of Inca is one refraction of the myth of Inkarrí—“the Inca King”. It is a myth of loss and return, destruction and renewal.

Keywords: Juan Santos; Asháninkas; Franciscan missions; Spanish control; Lord Inca; Inca King

Chapter.  6654 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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