Six woodcuts (monoprints) 90x90
printed at Falu
The Chakana (or Inca Cross) symbolizes for Inca
mythology what is known in other mythologies as the World
The stepped cross is made up of an equal-armed cross
cardinal points of the compass and a superimposed square.
Each of the three steps of one corner is meant to represent
one of the
three worlds of the Inca belief system. This includes the
underworld, the middle world, that of the humans, and the
of the gods.
The four flat sides of the superimposed square represent the
elements of the Inca cosmology: earth, fire, water and air.
Through a central axis a shaman journeyed in trance to the
lower plane or Underworld and the higher levels inhabited by
superior gods to enquire into the causes of misfortune on the
The snake, puma, and condor are totemic representatives of the