Author: Oliver Sparrow

Oliver Sparrow, author | In the Spotlight Guest Post

Oliver Sparrow, author | In the Spotlight Guest Post

Quechua cosmology: the background to Dark Sun, Bright Moon by Oliver Sparrow    Dark Sun, Bright Moon is a complex book set a thousand years ago in what are now the Peruvian Andes. This was a closed world, divided into the desert coast, the high, dry Andes and the sweltering jungle. It had enjoyed no outside contact for eight to ten thousand years and had developed its world view in isolation. Some readers find the world view so alien that they get lost, and so I have written this short introduction to an unusual and sophisticated way of seeing he world. In their millennia of isolation, the Quechua people developed two quite separate ways of looking at the universe. Organised religion offered a conventional pantheon of gods that, in various unlikely ways, brought about existence. The Sun mated with Lake Titicaca to generate the creator god, for example, which rather begs the question of what make the lake and the Sun. You would not, however, want to ask these questions in public, as subversives tended to end up at dawn on a pyramid, with their lives trickling away through a cut jugular into a clay pot for later consumption by […]

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