For the Incas being “Inca” meant being a member of the group identified by that name. They considered themselves superior to the other tribes and being Inca was a source of pride; only descendants of the original tribe were true Inca or children of the Sun. All others were subjects of the Child of the Sun.
Where did the name Inca come from?
Meaning of Inca
Inca means “Goddess” or “ancestor”. Deriving from Helena, Inka means “torch”, “beautiful”, “light”, “bright” and “shining”.
What did the Incas call themselves?
The Incas themselves called their empire Tawantinsuyo (or Tahuantinsuyu) meaning ‘Land of the Four Quarters’ or ‘The Four Parts Together’.
What disease killed the Inca?
Smallpox is widely blamed for the death of the Inca Huayna Capac and blamed as well for the enormous demographic catastrophe which enveloped Ancient Peru (Tawantinsuyu).
What race are Incas?
The Incas were a civilization in South America formed by ethnic Quechua people also known as Amerindians.
Did the Incas have slaves?
It is important to note that they were not forced to work as slaves. Some were born into the category of yanakuna (like many other professions, it was a hereditary one), some chose to leave ayllus to work, and some were selected by nobles.