The Incan Sun Disk of Gold

The Incan Empire was as big as the roman empire and just as sophisticated. The Incan empire had so much gold that gold was not even massively valued in Incan Society. They were the people of the Sun and the Gold they were given reflected the light of the sun.

The most important artifict the Incans possessed wast the Sun Disk - which was 6 feet in diameter and made out of a rare form of gold.

The Sun Disk could heal any injury, stop time, and prevent or start earthquakes. It looked something like this:

The Golden Sun Disk was a gift from the creator god, Viracocha. It was 6 feet wide and spun by a rare transclucent gold.

Not only did Fransisco Pizzaro want to conquer the Inca, he wanted to get the Golden Sun Disk so he and the Spaniards could have the power of the and riches of the Disk.

The Sun Disk was taken from the Coricancha Temple, to Sacsayhuaman, and then to Inca Wasi, where it is rumored to be hidden somewhere.

The Incan Sun Disk was the inspiration for the movie "Secret of the Incas." Secret of the Incas is a 1954 adventure film starring Charlton Heston as adventurer Harry Steele, on the trail of an ancient Incan artifact - the Sun Disk. Shot on location at Machu Picchu in Peru, the film is often credited as the inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Most of Raiders is derived from the Secret of the Incas. From Indy's Fedora and Bomber Jacket outfit to the light room scene. Steele's character also sometimes wears a light beard like Indiana Jones, unusual for films of its time.

In Secrets of the Incas, the Sun Disk is revealed in a secret chamber by a revelatory shaft of light similar to the "Map Room" sequence in Raiders.

Raiders' costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis noted that the inspiration for Indiana's costume was Charlton Heston's Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas: "We did watch this film together as a crew several times, and I always thought it strange that the filmmakers did not credit it later as the inspiration for the series" and quipped that the film is "almost a shot for shot Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Secret of the Incas also stars the great Quechua recording artist Yma Sumac. Sumac became an international success based on her massive vocal range. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous exponents of exotica music.