Viracocha (Huracocha, Wirakocha) is alleged to be the supreme god and creator of the people of the Peruvian Andes; additionally adopted by the Inca. Viracocha created the Sun, giving it half of his personal godliness and energy, and placed the Moon to guard the waters. He then made the winds, the planet Venus, the stars, and all of humankind.

Although some imagine the Sun created him, extra generally Viracocha is assumed to have come from the sea and to have lived in Lake Titicaca. Although he was maybe higher than the Sun god Inti, Viracocha was seen as distant and larger than life. Thus he had much less affect on on a regular basis life and no temples had been constructed to him.

Stories about Viracocha are diverse. In one cycle of tales, he's mentioned to have created 5 worlds. Viracocha dominated the first, a world of the gods, by himself. The second world was inhabited by giants who worshipped Viracocha as an incredible god. In the third world, people lived in darkness on Earth with little tradition. The fourth world was the world of the early civilizations in the Andes. And the final world—the world of the Inca—ended when the Spanish got here and Viracocha escaped over the water.

A extra often advised story of the Inca creation has Viracocha making two worlds. The first was created when Viracocha got here out of Lake Titicaca and fashioned the heavens, the Earth, and people to reside on the Earth. All went properly till he was so angered by the approach the people lived and handled each other that he got here out of the lake once more and altered all of them to stone. Then he started once more. This time he gave the world a Sun and Moon and made out of wooden a mannequin for every form of people. He then set his sons to carry and distribute the fashions all through the land, bringing many various people to the Earth. Viracocha, too, walked the land calling people forth and instructing them. Eventually he met his sons on the japanese seacoast, and so they walked across the water and disappeared.

Just as the Aztec believed that Hernando Cortés (1485–1547) was their feathered serpent deity Quetzalcoatl returning to them, some in South America thought that the Europeans had been Viracocha or his messengers who had returned. Many students imagine that the tradition hero gods Coniraya and Thunupa are elements of Viracocha, returning beneath cowl to watch over and train the people he created.

The Spanish gave the title Viracocha (Foam of the Sea) to this nice spirit, as a result of the Inca had no phrase for him. Today, the phrase viracocha remains to be utilized by the Quechua in Peru to present respect.