The Order of Society
The first in the line of most important is of course the Sapa Inca, the emperor or king. He was at the top of the social ladder and was considered as a god just like how the Egyptians considered their pharaoh a reincarnation of god. The second most respected was the Villac Uma or in other words the high priest who spoke to the Incas most powerful god directly. The priest is placed as the most important after the Sapa inca because the Incas were completely devoted to their gods and religion. Only after the priest does the Sapa Inca’s wife come in as the Coya, the main wife and queen. The whole royal family is included in this section of importance. After the Royal family comes the inca class who are made up of the population of those who are direct descendants of the first Incas who established the city of Cuzco. The last of the noble class were the “Inca By Privilege” the reason of this line of incas being present is because the emperor was in need of more men to be trusted in high positions of the government. These individuals were considered as nobles but weren’t showered with as much wealth as the others who were part of the noble class.
One step below the Noble class were the public administrators who kept the government of the low level under control. There were three categories in this class. One of them are the Curacas who were the previous leaders of the tribes that were conquered by the Incas. They send outlines of what has been happening in their area and were allowed to keep their positions when they followed the rules. Another one of the public administrators are the tax collectors who takes care of the taxes of their allocated group of families. The last ones are the record keepers who kept the records of who paid their taxes, where supplies were stored, what issues had been detected and other things that needed to be referred back to in the future.
The last of the social pyramid were the commoners. There were only two types in this category and one of them were the artisans. The artisans were commoners but they were still a bit wealthier than the others since they worked on crafts for nobles. These crafts included jewellery, pottery and other creative pieces. The farmers were at the very end of the whole lot as they were the laborers who worked longer than everyone else. Even though they were at the bottom they were still the biggest and most important out of all the others because of how much the empire relied on them to produce crops and food for the entire empire.