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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 93

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It's a reservoir equipped with channels for filling and draining, but the seating suggests a ceremonial function as well. Ritual bathing certainly occurred nearby. One author writes: "...then on the twenty-first day of this month, all those who had been knighted would go to bathe in a spring called Calispuquoi, located behind the fortress of Cusco, nearly a quarter of a league away. There, they would remove the clothes in which they had been knighted, and put on others called unuaclla, which are black and yellow with a red cross in the center. From there, they would return to the plaza..." (Brian S. Bauer, The Sacred Landscape of the Inca, p. 55, quoting Cristobal de Molina.)

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