In Chapter 3 we look at how, in a fatal misinterpretation of their legends, both the Aztec and Inca civilizations opened their doors to newcomers, hoping for the arrival of fair gods who would usher in an era of prosperity. But unfortunately, these newcomers bore not gifts of peace, but a hunger for gold and Conquest. For these new arrivals on their territory were not the returning gods Quetzalcoatl and Viracocha, but instead Spanish conquistadors, Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. The parallels of a returning pale bearded deity in these two tales are intriguing.

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