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years to now, has resulted in the depopulation of many places and villages, once flourishing. Also, the bladder infections were particularly raging among these savage tribes.

There is no doubt that these bands of people, inhabitants of the Rio Negro, in periods that cannot be determined, made several migrations to the north and to the south, and the commerce and war with their neighbors of the Amazon and the Solimoes, determined the extraordinary dismemberment and destruction, that today makes so singularly difficult, any investigation about their old conditions.

In these fierce reciprocal tribes, little by little they may have lost their customs and individual habits, developing similar traits as the main traces of the family, but different languages. In the nomenclature of the villages, from the mouth of the Rio Negro to the Orinoco, there is a great mixture of languages, and in fact the Tupi and their brothers appear to interbreed there: Omagua,



and the Maipure. As there are no monuments in the great basin of the Rio Negro, and since none of the numerous tribes live there with vestiges of the Sun worship, or of any apparent predominate cult or priestly class, or hereditary princely families, and other similar conditions, it must be doubted, rightly, that there have been regular relations between wild savages and the Muiscas of Bogota or the Peruvians. These Incas of Peru, whose high civilization alone is a double enigma, were unlikely to have descended from the Alpine highlands, the valleys, the warm forests of Columbia and Peru, to become men who judged them, as the Greeks once thought of the Hyperboreans {sun worshippers}, their neighbors.

Inca sun worship