Cracking the Khipu Code: First Phonetic Inka Writing Found. Sabine Hyland

Con la anuencia de Sabine Hyland,  Hawansuyo hace  nudo con su articulo sobre el kipu 18217050_10155226642778784_956641523_ny su primer desiframiento como escritura fonetica hasta el momento. El articulo en su totalidad puede ser bajado e impreso aqui. Gracias al enlace puesto a disposicion del publico por Current Athropology de la University of Chicago. Chay ayniqa aswan allin. Van en aumento la investigacion en torno a  las formas escriturales  andinas, su huellas, archichuellas y poeticas originarias. No es pura coinciencia que recientemente Sylvia Falcon haya exibido  un tokapu poema en sus presentaciones. Saludos Sabine.

Cracking the Khipu Code: First Phonetic Inka Writing Found

A new article in Current Anthropology sheds light on the Inka civilization’s fascinating form of writing


Colored pendants on Collata Khipu A. Photo by Sabine Hyland.

The Inka civilization of South America is known for having one of the most unique methods of writing and recordkeeping, which happened through the use of twisted and knotted colored cords known as khipus. The Inkas kept all of their records—for numerical accounts and for narratives —using khipus, and the khipus that have been preserved are one of the few ways scholars have to learn more about the Inka civilization.

The problem for historians and anthropologists has been how to decipher the khipus that have been preserved. Although researchers have progressed in their understanding of khipus used for accounting, they have despaired of ever identifying and deciphering narrative khipus, despite the fact that Spanish witnesses claimed Inka era (1400 – 1532 CE) khipus encoded historical narratives, biographies and epistles. To date, no specific khipu has ever been reliably identified as a narrative text.

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