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Huyustus was the last emperor of the Tiwanaku culture of the Andes. In addition, he is the only Tiwanaku historical figure to be known by name, predominantly through the oral traditions and folklore of the Aymara people.

He is given the honorific Mallku, roughly translating to teacher, emperor, leader, or sage.

A bust of the emperor in the main square of La Paz, Bolivia


In the Aymara recountings, Huyustus is known as the “envoy who led all his people to the kingdom of the stars,” their description of the collapse of the Tiwanaku. Reportedly, the Andean emperor was “tall, white, long-eared and bearded, with hair and skin like the sun."

Supposedly, one of his descendants was the Inca emperor Mallku Kápacg, more widely known as Manco Cápac.

Many monoliths from Tiwanaku archaeological sites show images of an important bearded man, but there is no consensus whether these represent Huyustus himself.[1]


For many indigenous Andean peoples, he is considered a cultural icon.

In the center of the city of La Paz, a sculpture of him was created by Victor Zapana Serna. Additionally, within the same city, a street was named after him in the 1950s, which is now an important market.[2]

During the 1980s, the Bolivian writer Fernando Diez de Medina penned a tragedy based on the mythology surrounding Huyustus.


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