Wari Women as symbols of power; and a case for client states

Keywords: Ancestor(s), elite women, Inca, Wari, kin(ship), gifting


This paper explores the characteristics of the expansion of the Wari empire. It reviews the evidence across the Andean region where the data for the  relationship of the imperial elite with local ruling hierarchies  is demonstrably varied. Assorted strategies pragmatically deployed by Wari served to exert its control and reflect a client state approach to its growth. The political basis for its relationship with the local elites is  considered based on  polygamous marriage structures and marriage alliances arranged between the imperial ruling circle and the regional chiefs, thereby creating kin structures with inequal duties and obligations of the regional polities with the imperial centre. This model is derived from Late Horizon ethnohistorical sources and tested in the available archaeological data.


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How to Cite
Meddens, F. M. (2021). Wari Women as symbols of power; and a case for client states. Estudios Latinoamericanos, 40, 87-120. https://doi.org/10.36447/Estudios2020.v40.art4
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