What is a Quipu?
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What is a Quipu?

Chapter 80 in "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu (600-300 BCE)
"A small country has fewer people.
Though there are machines that can work ten to a hundred times faster than man, they are not needed.
The people take death seriously and do not travel far.
Though they have boats and carriages, no one uses them.
Though they have armor and weapons, no one displays them.
Men return to the knotting of rope in place of writing.
Their food is plain and good, their clothes fine but simple, their homes secure;
They are happy in their ways.
Though they live within sight of their neighbors,
And crowing cocks and barking dogs are heard across the way,
Yet they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die."
This quote was sent in by Robert Benfer

Drawings of Incas using the quipu come from the "Indian Chronicler", Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, dating to 1613.

Try out some the following links to the meaning of 'quipu' both ancient and modern.
Code of the Quipu: Databooks
A compendium of information by Marcia and Robert Ascher including: detailed descriptions of over 200 quipus; references by others; and, locations of extant specimens.
Visit: Code

Quipu: A Modern Mystery
Brief description of 'Inca Facts' hosted by Simon Fraser University.

Quipu (Wikipedia)

Visit: Quipu

Last Updated: April 24,2023 Contact: Dr. Patricia Knobloch, huarpa@cox.net