The Inka Married the Earth: Integrated Outcrops and the Making of Place

  title={The Inka Married the Earth: Integrated Outcrops and the Making of Place},
  author={Carolyn J. Dean},
  journal={The Art Bulletin},
  pages={502 - 518}
  • C. Dean
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Geology
  • The Art Bulletin
According to a story told in the Andes today, the ancient Inka (Inca) married Mother Earth and produced human offspring. Rock outcrops that were integrated by Inka builders into masonry structures can be understood as traces of that union. By providing petrous foundations for Inka walls, the Mother Earth herself appears to have readily consented to, if not actually joined in, Inka building activity. As a place of union between Inka and earth, the integrated rock outcrop thus constituted a… 

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