Mama Quilla  

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THE ANCIENT INCA REVERED "MAMA QUILLA", THE GODDESS OF THE MOON. SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PASSAGE OF TIME AND THIS SEASONS; THUS, SHE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TIMINGS OF PLANTING THE CROPS AND THE START OF RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS AND WAS THE PATRONESS OF CALENDARS AND FEASTS. HER NAME LITERALLY TRANSLATES INTO "MOTHER MOON", AND IT WAS SHE WHO PROTECTED THEIR CHILDREN. SHE ALSO OVERSAW MARRIAGE, WOMEN'S MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND WAS DEEMED THE PROTECTOR OF WOMEN IN GENERAL. HER IMAGE WAS A HUGE SILVER DISK WITH A HUMAN FACE. She was considered to be the most beautiful of all of the Incan goddesses.

THERE IS AN INCAN MYTH THAT TELLS THE TALE OF A FOX WHO WAS SO TAKEN BY HER BEAUTY THAT WHEN SHE ROSE IN THE SKY, HE SQUEEZED HIMSELF AGAINST HER PRODUCING THE DARK PATCHES THAT SHE CAME TO BE COVERED IN. LUNAR ECLIPSES WERE GREATLY FEARED AS THE INCA BELIEVED THAT BELIEVED THAT SHE HAD BEEN SWALLOWED UP BY A PUMA OR A SNAKE. IF THE ECLIPSE WAS TOTAL, THEY BELIEVED THAT THE MOON WAS PERHAPS DEAD AND WOULD FALL TO THE EARTH, CRUSHING THEM.

FOR THIS REASON WHEN AN ECLIPSE OF THE MOON WAS BEGINNING, THE INCA WOULD GRAB WHATEVER INSTRUMENTS AS WERE WITHIN THEIR REACHDRUMS, TRUMPETS, CYMBALS, ETC.AND MAKE A FRIGHTFUL NOISE, AND, TYING UP THEIR DOGS, TORMENTED THEM SO AS TO EXTORT THE MOST HIDEOUS CRIES FROM THEM, IN THE HOPE THAT THE MOON, BEING A FRIEND OF DOGS, WOULD BE SOFTENED BY THEIR HOWLING AND TRY TO RETURN TO LIFE. MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN JOINED WITH THEIR PRINCES IN CONJURATIONS TO AVERT THE CATASTROPHE. AS LONG AS THE ECLIPSE CONTINUED THEY KEPT EXCLAIMING, "MAMA-QUILLA, MAMA-QUILLA"!



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