January 31st, 2009 by sabrina
Mama Ocllo is the Inca Goddess of fertility and spinning. She is said to be either one of the eight deities created by Viracocha, the supreme God of the Inca, or the daughter of Mama Quilla, Goddess of the moon, and her brother/husband Inti, God of the sun. In either case, she is the sister/wife of Manco Capac and with him she was sent to earth to teach the people. In the version where they are children of the sun, Inti gives Manco Capac a golden staff, telling him that wherever he is able to sink the staff into the ground with one push, on that spot he should build a temple to the sun. The city that they founded was Cuzco, which became the capital of the Inca empire. Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo gathered the people together at Cuzco, and Mama Ocllo taught the women how to spin and then to weave the threads they created into garments. Mama Ocllo’s name, which means “mother fertility,” is also seen as Mama Uqllu, Mama Ocllo Huaco, and Mama Ogllo. The sometimes seen Mama Oello and Mama Oullo are misspellings.
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