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Quipu, Khipu, or Kipu? [Apr. 11th, 2009|01:34 pm]
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Hi everybody,

I am working on a page about khipu on my website and it seems that every source I have uses a different name. There's the classic quipu. Gary Urton uses khipu. I've also seen kipu when I was browsing the online archives of the American Museum of Natural History.

So my question is which version will directly cause you to think about the Inca accounting system the second you see it.

Poll #1381871 Quipu, Khipu, or Kipu?

What do you think is the best name for a page on this fascinating system, Quipu, Khipu, or Kipu?


If none of the above, what say you?


[User Picture]From: infrogmation
2009-04-11 09:00 pm (UTC)
Quipu gets the most relevent google hits; most traditional and commmon. You want more people to find the page, use the more common relevent name; you can then discuss merits of other transliterations on the page.

"Kipu" gets more total google hits, but many of those are for the place of that name in Hawaii.

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[User Picture]From: ancientscripts
2009-04-12 11:44 pm (UTC)
I agree. The newer spellings seem to have quite a bit of traction in the academic world. However, for the rest of us, quipu still means the "talking knots".

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[User Picture]From: neo_teotihuacan
2009-04-12 11:28 pm (UTC)
Isnt Quipu the traditional Spanish spelling?
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[User Picture]From: ancientscripts
2009-04-12 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, quipu is the Spanish spelling. The versions khipu and kipu are more modern, phonetic renditions.
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