Wayra Tata

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Wayra Tata ("Father of Wind"),[1] also known as Huayra-tata, was a god worshiped by the Puruhá Quechuas[1] and Aymaras of the Bolivian[2] and Peruvian[3] Andes prior to European colonization.

The god was represented as a human figure with two heads and serpents coiled around him from head to foot.[2] He was associated with hurricane winds and fertilizing rains,[2] and was believed to manifest himself in the form of wind, especially whirlwind.[1]

The sports car Pagani Huayra is named after the god.


  1. ^ a b c Wilbert, Johannes (1996). Mindful of Famine: Religious Climatology of the Warao Indians. Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-945454-10-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Mundkur, Balaji (1983). The cult of the serpent: an interdisciplinary survey of its manifestations and origins. SUNY Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-87395-631-4. 
  3. ^ Morel, Héctor V.; Dalí Moral, José (1987). Diccionario mitológico americano. Editorial Kier. p. 67. ISBN 978-950-17-0327-6.