The Inka Married the Earth: Integrated Outcrops and the Making of Place

Dean, Carolyn
September 2007
Art Bulletin;Sep2007, Vol. 89 Issue 3, p502
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the Inca peoples. Particular attention is given to the Inca's belief that their people married Mother Earth and then created human offspring. The author reports that rock outcrops were integrated by Inca builders into masonry structures in the 1400s, and because these outcrops occupied the interface between nature and art, the Inca believed they existed simultaneously as parts of it. The Inca also believed outcrops served as a sign of belonging to a particular locale.


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