Department of Prophecies and Apocalypses
The Department of Prophecies and Apocalypses seeks out and studies prophetic visions, be they of a Biblical nature or otherwise (Quena Ollantay). However, this Department does not accept such far-fetched texts as the prophecies of Nostradamus, for instance. Instead, it studies the possibility of major changes in human societies, the end of the world and the impact on our lives of the colour of the nappies (diapers) worn by Céline Dion's next baby (Little René II: a tip from the staff at the Department of Oracles).

  • Prophecy: the fifth seal
  • Quena Ollantay
    • Quena and text (PA/QO/Fl)
      Pre-Colombian Peru (14th century) - brought back from Peru.

    Our search was prompted by an Inca legend.

"A young Chancay girl by the name of Ollantay/Cusi Coyllur had been kidnapped and raised by the Incas to become a princess. Since she was no longer allowed to see her beloved, her childhood friend to whom she had offered her heart, she pined away until she died and was buried in a mountainside cave.
A few years later, her betrothed - who in the meantime had became a powerful shaman - visited her grave, as was his custom. That night, the wind whistling through the bones of his beloved sounded a sinister, plaintive cry. He took the thighbone of his lady-love and carved it into a quena, a flute.
From this flute he drew such an appallingly dreadful music that the spirits bowed to his will. Later, the Spanish would call it La C'anterro, the 'flute of terror'.
That night he used all of his powers to invoke the white god Viracocha, calling for vengeance upon the Incas whom he detested."
Pizarro subjugated Peru in 1533.
The legend gave rise to a celebrated play featuring General Ollantay and Princess Cusi Coyllur, a kind of Inca-style Romeo and Juliette during the reign of Tupac Yupanqui (1463-1493).
Other accounts add to the legend, all focusing on the evil aspect of the flute.