National Geographic : 1938 Feb
i iNationai ujeograpnic society RELAYS OF SWIFT POST-RUNNERS LINKED THE EMPIRE Fresh fish from the sea for the Inca's dinner, word of troop move ments, of new campaigns-all sped through the Andes by barefoot express, averaging seven miles an hour, day and night. Here a fresh courier waits at his stone posthouse for the knotted-cord record for his three-mile stint. ranmungs oy n.Ivi.nerget "GIVE US, 0 SUN, THY PURE AND SACRED FIRE" Resplendent in his flamelike robe, the Villac Umnu, orHigh Priest of the Sun, holds aloft a golden bowl shaped toconcentrate the rays upon the tinder it contains and setitsmoldering. With this hewill light the cere monial fire on the open-air altar behind him.