The 3rd deity in the Inca pantheon, after Inti (Sun God) & Ilyap'a (Thunder God)
Was viewed as more important than Inti by some coastal communities, including by the Chimú
She was envisaged in the form of a beautiful woman and her temples were served by dedicated priestesses
Mama Quilla had her own temple in Cuzco
Myths Associated with Mama Quilla
Her face is like a full moon and she cries tears of silver.
She supposedly gave birth to the Earth.
In regards to the “dark spots” on the moon, the story goes that a fox fell in love with Mama Quilla because of her beauty, but when he rose into the sky, she squeezed him against her, producing the patches.
It was believed that during a lunar eclipse, an animal (possibly a mountain lion, serpent or puma) was attacking Mama Quilla. Consequently, people would attempt to scare away the animal by throwing weapons, gesturing and making as much noise as possible. They believed that if the animal achieved its aim, then the world would be left in darkness.