Mama Ocllo

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Mama Ocllo, anonymous oil on canvas painting from Peru, circa 1840, San Antonio Museum of Art

In Inca mythology, Mama Cora Ocllo[1] /ˈɒkj/, Mama Ocllo, Mama Ogllo, Mama Oello[2] (in Hispanicized spellings), Mama Oella, Mama Oullo, Mama Occlo (spellings resulting from bad OCR),[3][4] Mama Okllo or Mama Uqllu (Quechua)[5] was deified as a mother and fertility goddess.[6] In one legend she was a daughter of Inti and Mama Killa, and in another the daughter of Viracocha (Wiraqucha) and Mama Qucha.[7] She was the sister and wife of Manco Cápac (Manqu Qhapaq)[8]:28–36 and discovered Cusco with him.[9][10] She taught the Inca women the art of spinning thread.[11]


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