The educated considered God the omniscient creator, and worshipof the sun and the emperor as his son was spread throughout theempire. As there is only one sun, there was one emperor; peopletaken into the empire were expected to worship the sun. A stormgod was importuned for rain, and the moon goddess was importantin periodic festivals. People in the highlands worshiped the earthgoddess also, and those along the coast the sea goddess. Sinswere confessed to priests, who took measures to make sure confessionswere complete. Human sacrifice was rare among the Incas, and agirl so chosen was considered honored and blessed. Illness wasthought a punishment for sin; healing was not only by magic butalso by using various herbs.


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