Image from page 24 of "The book, its history and development" (1907)
Authors: Davenport, Cyril, 1848-1941
Publisher: New York : D. Van Nostrand
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Fig. EAELY EECOEDS. 11 meant that if she didnt sweep up the Nvigwam before hisarrival she would experience the efiect of one or other ofthe clubs. The Incas of Peru had a regular system of keepingrecords by means of coloured pieces of string knotted in apeculiar way. These knotted records, or Quipus, had special keepers
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-Peruvian Quipu. who held office in the provinces, and the results of theirenergy were forwarded annually to the capital city forexamination and preservation. The provincial keei^erswere called Quipu Camayas, and the records theykept were mainly statistics concerning the people of theirdistricts. The knots were arranged either on a strongpiece of cord or upon a stick, and formed a sort of fringe;the word Quipu means a knot. According to the posi-tion of the knot a certain number was probably indicated,and the class of person referred to is shown by the colourof the bit of string which represents it. But it is also likely that more elaborate interpretations 12 TlIE ]?OOTv: ITS HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT. could be made by skilled interpreters of Quipus. Littleis really known as to that, but it is suggested by competentol)servers that, for instance, red meant war, yellow meantgold, white meant peace, and silver. But this is proljablyguess work. The same idea has been utilised in the case of
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