One of a large number of huacas and palaces that formerly stretched across this part of the valley, little is known about the Huaca Pucllana, though it seems likely that it was originally named after a pre-Inca chief of the area. It has a hollow core running through its cross section and is believed to have been constructed in the shape of an enormous frog, symbol of the rain god, who spoke to priests through a tube connected to the cavern at its heart. This site may well have been the mysteriously unknown oracle after which the Rimac (meaning “he who speaks”) Valley was named; a curious document from 1560 affirms that the “devil” spoke at this mound.

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