The Sapa Inca was an absolute ruler whose word was law. He controlled politics, society, the empire’s food stores, and he was commander-in-chief of the army. Revered as a god he was also known as Intip Churin or ‘Son of the Sun’. Given this elevated status he lived a life of great opulence.
How did Sapa Inca come to power?
Just like so many other early cultures in South America, the Inca practiced something called split inheritance. That means that when one ruler died, their offspring might inherit the power of the Sapa Inca. However, they would inherit none of the wealth.
What made the Incas so powerful?
The Incas were magnificent engineers. They built a system of roads and bridges across the roughest terrains of the Andes. Through their system of collective labor and the most advanced centralized economy, the Incas were able to secure unlimited manual labor.
When the Sapa Inca died who replaced him?
When the old Inca chief died (c. 1527), the kingdom was divided between Atahuallpa, who ruled the northern part of the empire from Quito, and Huáscar, the legitimate heir, who ruled from Cuzco, the traditional Inca capital.
What are the descendants of the Inca called today?
The descendants of the Inca are the present-day Quechua-speaking peasants of the Andes, who constitute perhaps 45 percent of the population of Peru.
What race were the Incas?
The Inca Civilization
The Incas were a civilization in South America formed by ethnic Quechua people also known as Amerindians.
Which God was the most important to the Incas Why?
Inti & the Temple of the Sun
Inti was the most important Inca god as he was the god of the Sun and the patron of empire and conquest. His home of plenty was also the destination in the next life for those who lived good lives in this one.
How was the next Sapa Inca chosen?
Before a Sapa Inca died, he chose the next Sapa Inca from his sons. The oldest son did not automatically get chosen. Each son had to prove themselves most worthy. Only the Sapa Inca could decide who was the most worthy.