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Re: chicken in America: from Asia? (cont.)

Peter van Rossum (pmv100@psu.edu) wrote:
: In article <58s1k6$k8b@news1.io.org> yuku@io.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) writes:

: >The case of the Incas is extremely curious. When the Spanish arrived
: >to Peru, they found chickens extremely well established and widely
: >used in religious rituals. The name of the last Inca, Atahualpa is
: >connected with the word "chicken". Also the name of his uncle. 
: > 
: >      Either these men were named after the chicken, or the chicken
: >      was named after them. Garcilaso de la Vega says that the
: >      chicken was named in memory of Atahualpa so that each time the
: >      cock crowed, he would be remembered. This leaves unexplained
: >      the naming of Atahualpa's uncle. (p. 200)
: I don't understand why Carter thinks this is a problem.  If Atahualpa was
: named after his uncle and the chicken was named after Atahualpa why
: is this a problem for the naming of the uncle?  The uncle was given his
: name by his parents, end of story.

I can see that there may be some apparent logical inconsistency in what
Carter said. Nevertheless, the case of the Incas is still extremely
curious. If they named the chicken after the Emperor, as you suggest, it
probably happened before the Emperor was deposed. 

What would be the likelihood of naming a new cultural import coming from a
hostile source after the Emperor?


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