Viracocha

1940 EC. Discovered 1940 Mar. 12 by G. Kulin at Budapest.

Named for the supreme being in Inca mythology. He created the human race and gave them laws for which he required obedience. In his later travels in the Andes Mountains he was accompanied by the Deceiver, Taguacipa {see planet (2739)}, who turns to evil the good men he created. Later, the creation completed, he departed in the direction of the setting Sun. (M 22496)

Named by the Minor Planet Names Committee following a suggestion by F. Pilcher.

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