THE LECTURE ‘GOD TIED IN KNOTS: SEARCHING FOR THE SACRED KHIPUS OF THE ANDES’ BY SABINE HYLAND WAS HELD AT THE PERUVIAN EMBASSY

(30 April 2019)

It once was thought that khipus — the mysterious knotted cord texts of the Andes — died out soon after the Spanish conquest of the Inkas in 1532. We now know that post-Inka khipu use flourished for over four centuries in remote highland villages in Peru.

Most of the surviving khipus bear a religious significance, either transmitting sacred knowledge themselves or playing a central role in local religious rituals. In this talk, Hyland describes her search for these secretive khipu texts in the Central Andes, and her involvement in the on-going decipherment of this three dimensional writing system.

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The Ambassador of Peru, Juan Carlos Gamarra, with Sabine Hyland and John Hemming in the "God Tied in Knots - Searching for the Sacred Khipus of the Andes" conference at the Peruvian Embassy.