History for the Rest of Us

Rediscovery of Machu Picchu

Rediscovery of Machu Picchu

Jul 18, 2013

On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham III, a lecturer at Yale University, was led by Melchor Arteaga to a site Melchor called Machu Picchua (“old mountain”), a largely forgotten Inca city. Bingham wrote, “The morning of July 24th dawned a cold drizzle. Arteaga shivered and seemed inclined to stay in his hut. I offered to play him well if he showed...

Inca Festival of Illapa

Inca Festival of Illapa

Jul 25, 2012

On July 25, the Inca held a festival in honor of one of their most important deities, Illapa. The thunder god, Illapa ruled over rain, hail, lightning, and stormy weather. Since the Inca were dependent on moderate rain for successful crops, Illapa was surpassed in importance only by Viracocha (the creator), and Inti (the sun god). Depicted as human in form,...