By Titu Cusi Yupanqui, Ralph Bauer
On hand in English for the 1st time, An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru is a firsthand account of the Spanish invasion, narrated in 1570 via Diego de Castro Titu Cusi Yupanqui—the penultimate ruler of the Inca dynasty—to a Spanish missionary and transcribed by means of Titu Cusi's mestizo secretary.
Titu Cusi tells of his father's maltreatment by the hands of the Spaniards; his father's resulting army campaigns, withdrawal and homicide; and his personal succession as ruler. This vibrant narrative illuminates the Incan view of the Spanish invaders and provides a tremendous account of local peoples' resistance, lodging, swap, and survival within the face of the Spanish conquest.
Ralph Bauer's striking translation, annotations, and advent supply severe context and historical past for an entire knowing of Titu Cusi's occasions and the importance of his phrases. Co-winner of the 2005 Colorado Endowment for the arts booklet Prize.
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Each appears as a separate chapter in the narrative with a distinct header. The highly stylized form in which he represents Manco Inca’s deathbed orations points toward the performative aspects of the oral traditions from which Titu Cusi drew. The hybrid character of this text as a history is manifest not only in its form, however, but also in its content. As exasperated modern historians have lamented when dealing with the subject of pre-Conquest Inca history generally, the colonial sources that —30— INTRODUCTION were written based on Inca oral traditions are notoriously at odds with one another.
Took the —18— INTRODUCTION letter (or whatever it was) and threw it down, saying, ‘What is this supposed to be that you gave to me here? ’ ” (p. 61). The subsequent Spanish attack was triggered when Atahuallpa, in a haughty gesture, flung the breviary presented to him by the priest Vicente de Valverde into the dust. The book contained the infamous requirimiento (Requirement), a text that by law had to be read aloud to the Natives and which informed them of their obligation to “acknowledge the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world.
His speeches, as well as all the other speeches that appear in the text, are never summarized or reported indirectly but always represented as direct speech. This also was, as Niles notes, a formal feature typical of Inca oral tradition, as the Inca language had no way of indicating indirect discourse (32–37). A particularly frequent convention in Inca praise narratives was hereby the representation of deathbed orations that concluded the life history of a particular Inca. Titu Cusi’s narrative about his father also follows this convention.
An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru by Titu Cusi Yupanqui, Ralph Bauer