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Wiraqocha and
the Rites of the Raqchi Temple in Peru

Van C. Evans

Presented at

The 2020 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Sponsered by The Interpreter Foundation and Brigham Young University College of Humanities

 

When the Spaniards arrived on Peruvian shores in 1532, they were mistaken for Wiraqocha, a bearded white god who had sojourned among them in ancient times. This god had travelled through the Andes on a perfect 45 degree angle of the north-south axis of the planet. They called it the Holy Path, and the ancient Andeans built temples to worship him in each of the settlements he visited along the path. In these temples they performed sacrifices, initiation, and endowment ordinances. Some of these are still performed today in their sacred vestments, including their signs and tokens.

 

 

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