Ep. 40: Khipus

An Inca quipucamayoq depicted by Guaman Poma de Ayala in his Nueva Cronica y Buen Gobierno, c.1613. – The Lost History of the Incas.

The Inca and their predecessors did not use writing as they governed.  However, there were khipus.  Made of woven string and linked together with various knots, the decipherment of khipus is still a work in progress. In this episode we will discuss what we know so far about the khipus and discuss how researchers have interpreted specific cases. If unlocked, the khipus can reveal a lot about what was happening within Tawantinsuyu. 

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Intro/Exit music by: Kalx aka Kaliran: Andean Lounge, Scream of the Devil

Transition music by: Kike Pinto

From: Guaman Poma de Ayala
You can see several knots, colors and even a wooden bar. On the bar one figure is holding a zero. From: The Lost History of the Incas
Here you can see several Subsidiary Cords attached to Primary Cords. From: The Lost History of the Incas

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