December 26, 2012

Mamaquilla: The Incan Goddess of Marriage

Posted in Goddess Project, Goddess Things tagged , , , , at 2:12 am by Babs

Mamaquilla (Mama Quilla, Mama-Quilla or Kilya) was the Inca Pre-Columbian, South American mother moon goddess.  It was Mamaquilla who helped to regulate time and the Inca festival calendar.  The South American Indians were very protective of their mother goddess.  Considering an eclipse of the moon to be perilous time when a mountain lion or snake tried to consume the Divine Feminine energies, they performed noisy rituals in an effort to scare the marauder away.  For more updated current information about her, please see the Hierarchs of Twelve Universal Rays article about Goddess Belisama Mamaquilla serves as Hierarchy of the Fifth Ray of Rainbow Healing.  The Sacred Site focal point of Hierarchy Belisama Mamaquilla is the Pointe Vicente Lighthouse, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.

Belisama Mamaquilla was known as “The Radiant Brilliant One”, “The Morning and Evening Star”, “The Sacred Tree”, “The Noble and Perfect Lady” and “She of the Beauteous and Inspirational Smile”.

A Pan-Celtic, Continental, and Gaulish light goddess of crafts, creeks, fire, the forge, rivers, and song smiths, she was revered under many different names in many different places.

A bright source of Awen for poets asking for an insightful and encouraging muse, Belisama also answered the prayerful requests of those seeking the heartening lilt of her laughter blessing their dreams, or, the softly comforting flames of her burning well of ancient wisdom warming up their cauldron of understanding until it boiled with aromatic knowledge.

Mamaquilla or Kilya translates to “Lady Moon” in the Incan tongue, Her name means “Mother Moon” or “Golden Mother”.  This Incan Moon Goddess who protects married women was portrayed as a silver disk with feminine features.  Eclipses were said to occur when Mamaquilla was eaten by a heavenly jaguar.  It is also said that her Icon was a gold disk with a human face on it… but being the goddess of the moon, silver would be more appropriate.

In one of the Inca foundation legends she was the daughter of Viracocha and Mama Cocha and the wife of Inti.  She was the mother of the first Inca Manco Cepac his wife Mama Ocllo Kon.  After the Ichma, nominally of the Chimu empire joined the Inca empire, she also became the mother of their deity Pacha Camac in the Inca religion.

Dance was preferably for magical-religious or ceremonial purposes, but was also used for the purpose of wars, harvests and diversion.  Men participated in all dances, but women were prohibited to take part in war dances as well as many magical religious dances.  Dances had a collective or choral character.

The Incas cultivated all the styles of poetry (lyric, epic and dramatic)  The Haravicus (poets) enjoyed great respect in the Empire. Her most famous temple was erected at Cuzco, seat of the Incan Empire.

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