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INCAN GODS


Official Names: (as a group) Incan Gods, (as a race) "El Doradans"
Nicknames: Gods of the Incans, South American gods, Gods of the Amazon, Quecha gods, Chibcha Gods, Tupi-Guaranian gods, Arawak gods, Araucanian gods, Aymara gods, Carib gods, Kamekeri gods, et al.
Former Aliases: Yananamca Intanamca, Huacas, 
Other Current Aliases: None known
First Appearance: Thor #301

==Origin==

Dimension of Origin: Hanan Pacha ("El Dorado")
Habitat: Tropical
Gravity: Earth-like
Atmosphere: Earth-like
Population: 200-300 range
Other Associated Dimensions: Hanan Pacha ("the higher land") resembles a large planetary asteroid mass with its own atmosphere and seasonal cycles with a culture resembling Pre-Columbian South America. El Dorado, the home of the gods, is a golden city resembling Machu Picchu surrounded by tropical jungles and several minor structures. It is linked to Earth (Hurin Pacha or "middle land") or Manoa through any one of a number of portals hidden on Earth in lakes and caves, such in Lake Igague, Lake Titicaca or the cave at Pacariqtambo near modern Cuzco. A celestial bridge named Tequendama connects Hanan Pacha to Earth and to the underworld of Ucu Pacha ("lower land") or Nopatkuo, set aside for the spirits of their worshippers. Ucu Pacha is also reached from earth by the Mani-mani River which flows into it. 

==History==

The Incan Gods or Yananamca Intanamca as they were known to their worshippers are a race of superhumanly powerful humanoid beings who were once worshipped by the Incan and Quecha Indians of South America from around 1000 BC to 1532 AD when the Spanish conquistadors invaded the land. In some sources, they are also known as Huacas, but this is erroneous; a huaca is a totem or shrine that represents its given Incan god. It is not the name for the Incan gods themselves. The Incan have limited worshippers today, but they have declined in power since the fall of the Incan Empire.

The Incan gods dwell in Hanan Pacha, a small "pocket" dimension adjacent to Earth; an interdimensional nexus between Hanan Pacha and Earth exists concealed behind Tequendama, a waterfall near Lake Parima (modern Lake Igague) near Tunja in modern Colombia. According to the Incan Indians, the realm of the gods could be accessed through several lakes, oasis and caverns in their lands. The Spanish Conquistadors erroneously called this realm El Dorado, a name for which it is referred to the present, believing it to be a City of Gold, even going so far as searching for it on Earth with no success.
(In truth, the name, "El Dorado," does not refer to a "city of gold" but to a "man of gold," a fallen warrior covered in gold dust in a religious ceremony to be laid to rest in the bottom of Lake Igague where his spirit would ascend into heaven.)

The precise origin of the Incan gods, like that of all of Earth's pantheons of gods, is shrouded in legend. The earliest Incan gods were Pachacamac, the sky-father,  and Pachamama, the earth-mother. It is believed that Pachamama was actually Gaea, the primordial earth-mother who had survived the destruction of the Elder Gods of Earth by infusing her life into the life-giving essence of the Earth. Many of the Elder Gods had degenerated into demonic status and were destroyed by Atum or had fled Earth for other planes of existence. Atum had been born from Gaea by mating with the sentient biosphere of the Earth known as the Demiurge. Among the earliest of the Incan gods was the Quecha sun-god, Bochica, who gave agriculture, laws and culture to the ancient tribes of South America. He took Chia, the moon-goddess as his wife, and she gave mortals joy and laughter. According to varying legends passed down as myth, when mortals became too decadent, she allied herself with Chibchacum to destroy the Earth with fire. Bochica being a more benevolent deity created a flood to save mortal man, rescuing two mortals to father the next generation of mortal man. As penance, Bochica exiled Chia to the heavens and imprisoned Chibchacum to the underworld to support the Earth, his movements creating earthquakes from time to time. Each of the various tribes of South America had different versions of this tale passed down through the ages. The Guiana tribes traced their ancestry to the god, Aiomun Kondi, whose son, Okononrote descended to Earth from the heavens on a rope to become ancestor of the Carib Indians. The Carib-Arawak Indians claimed Kururumany had created man under the supervision of a deity named Aluberi, but when mankind became evil, he sent lizards and vermin to make life harsh for mortal man. The Tupi-Guarani Indians traced their ancestry to two demigods named Kame and Keri who stole fire from the heavens after the flood to guide mortal man. Whether all these legends are derived from a solitary event or sequence of events is unrevealed.

The most dominant tribe of South America were the Incans who worshipped the sun-god, Viracocha, believed to be the eldest son of Bochica and Chia. Viracocha was said to have created a tribe of giants to populate the Earth, but when they disobeyed him, he sent the flood to wipe them out and begin anew. According to legend, Viracocha then began anew by creating mankind from clay and sent them to Earth through the cave at Pacariqtambo near modern Cuzco where they were received by Tovapod and Aroteh, possibly members of Bochica's earlier generation of mortals. Virachoca took the fertility-goddess, Cocomama, as his wife, and they sired the next generation of Incan gods. It is believed by some accounts that Viracocha once lived on earth as a mortal ruler and departed Earth at some point to rule in another dimension which became Hanan Pacha, later dubbed "El Dorado" by the later Spanish Invaders. Among his children were the sun-god, Inti, and Quilla, the moon-goddess, who became ancestors of the ascendant Incan rulers. His son, Manco Capac, arrived on Earth through Lake Titicaca in Peru and founded modern Cuzco. When the Incan Empire came into power, they began assimilating all the neighboring rival tribes and their gods into one pantheon of deities ruled over by Viracocha, who became Chieftain of the Incan gods. As the Incan gods departed Earth, they retired to Hanan Pacha and rarely trafficked with their mortal worshippers. 

The Incan Gods seem to share Hanan pacha with a number of others races who may share the same ancestors as themselves. Among them are the Achachilas, mountain-spirits who were revered by the Aymara Indians. Among them, Viracocha is said to have seduced the female Achachila, Illimani, and conceived the god, Sajama. They are also joined by a race of fairy-like beings called the Zemes who were supposed to carry messages between mortals and gods. The war-god, Cherruvue, holds dominion over the Guecufu, evil spirits who carried famine and pestilence among mortals. Other rival gods assimilated into the pantheon of the Incan gods include the Tupinamba, the gods of the Tupi-Guarani Indians and the Kenaima, the gods of the Caribbean and Arawak Indians.  

Around 1000 AD, Viracocha was approached by Odin, Chieftain of the Asgardian gods, to meet with the rulers of the other gods once worshipped on Earth to discuss the threat of the Third Host of the Celestials. The Celestials had threatened to seal off the portals of each of their godly realms unless they promised to stop interfering in mortal affairs. Viracocha swore to this pledge and even made a vow to Odin to donate the necessary life energies to the Asgardians slain during the Fourth Host of the Celestials. When Thor came to El Dorado to petition a portion of the required life energies as part of this vow, Viracocha saw that a debt had been paid to his realm and offered Thor the necessary energies to restore the slain Asgardian gods to life. Due to this vow, the Incan gods were unable to intervene when Spanish Conquistadors invaded the lands of their worshippers and conquered South America. In some areas of Brazil and Guiana, they are rivaled by the Voodoo Gods of the Africans brought with the invading Europeans.

The Incan Gods have very few worshippers today, but several of their ancient rites still exist today combined with tenets of Roman Catholicism. The Kamekeri Indians of Costa Verde are one of the few mortal tribes to still honor the Incan gods, and when the aged sorcerer Kulan Gath held one of their gods as a sacrifice to try and gain godhood for himself, he was defeated by the Avengers and sacrificed to his own personal dark gods. In recent years, Inti allied himself with Hercules of the Olympian gods to defy the alien Skrull gods from invading Earth.

Relationships to Other Pantheons: Due to their remoteness, the Incan gods have not had as much exposure to foreign gods as much as the other pantheons of Earth up to the formation of the Council of Godheads. They have some kinship with the Gods of Mexico; both of them sharing rites involving blood sacrifice. It is theorized they had contact with the gods of the Polynesians; Easter Island reportedly being Incan in design rather than Maori. There is some dissension with the Voodoo Gods of the Africans transplanted in South America by the Spanish Conquistadors.

==Characteristics== 

Body Type: Humanoid
Avg. Height: 6' 0"
Eyes: Two
Hair: Normal
Skin: Normal
Limbs: Two
Fingers: Five with opposable thumb
Toes: Five
Special Adaptations: The Incan gods are exceptionally long-lived, but they are not immortal like the Olympian gods; they age very slowly upon reaching adulthood, but they are not invulnerable to death. They are physically more durable than human beings; their skin, bone and tissue being three times more durable and dense than similar tissue in human beings.

==Powers== 

Avg. Strength Level: All of the Incan gods are superhumanly strong with the average male being able to lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions and the average female being able to lift (press) about 25 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Powers: The Incan gods possess superhuman strength, stamina , longevity and resistance to harm. They are also inclined to tap and manipulate mystical energies for feats of magic, mostly for altering their appearance, communicating over long distances, teleporting through dimension barriers and casting spells. The scope of their powers mostly limited to one object, idea or field, usually tied into their personality. For example, as the Incan god of water, Coniraya has dominance over lakes and rivers, and Tupan (Catequil), the Incan god of storm, can generate storm and thunder. 
Known Abilities: The Incan gods have skills in warfare involving blow darts, spears and the bow and arrow.

== Miscellaneous== 

Type of Government: Theocracy
Level Of Technology: Magic
Cultural Traits: The Incan Gods were worshipped as gods throughout the Andes Mountains in modern Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Western Venezuela with influences as far east as Guiana and Western Brazil. Their worshippers include the Tupa-Guarani Indians of the east with stories carried northward by the later Carib-Arawak Indians.
Names of Representatives: Bachue, Caruincho, Chasca, Cherruvue, Chibchacum, Cocomama, Coniraya, Ekkekko, Huitaca, Inti, Jurupari, Pachacamac, Pachamama (Gaea), Peruda, Quilla, Tupan, Uruchillay, Vichama, Viracocha, Zaramama, et al

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