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khi·pu

or qui·pu (kē′po͞o)
n. pl. khipu or khi·pus or quipu or qui·pus
A record-keeping device of the Inca Empire consisting of a series of variously colored strings attached to a base rope and knotted so as to encode information, used especially for accounting purposes.

[Quechua khipu, knot.]
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A palavra quipu, tambem utilizada na literatura como Khipu ou Quipo, e uma palavra quechua, que significa no, tanto no singular quanto no plural.
Evidence suggests that Andeans composed khipu epistles during the rebellions to ensure secrecy and affirm cultural legitimacy.
El capitulo 2 dirige la mirada a los circulos anticuarios burgueses de Lima y sigue el transito de un khipu inca conservado por Jose Mariano Macedo y luego vendido al Museo Etnologico de Berlin.
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IBM today announced that Khipu Corporation has deployed its e-learning platform, Moodle, on SoftLayer s Cloud infrastructure to enable facilitators and teachers to access virtual lessons, download educational material, conduct tests of its training program and focus on high performance teaching.
The Wari did, however, develop a precursor to the Inca knot-writing device known as the khipu.
Transferencias cientifico-culturales del saber ilustrado: el khipu y su recepcion en las letras americanas y europeas del siglo XVIII".
Increase and further refine our knowledge and understanding of the patterns in the construction and distribution of khipu knots, the author re-examined the numerical khipu sample VA 42527.
29) Urton claims that these "strong-and-knot-based configurations" were devised, "to provide 'cues' to aid the Inka administrator who made any particular sample to recall a specific body of memorized information, or if these devices were constructed with conventionalized units of information that could be read by the khipu makers throughout the empire" Urton opts for the second choice, although he also states that the final answer to the mystery might lie somewhere between the two explanations.
4) The pre-colonial Inca's did develop a non-oral communicative device, the khipu, which had some complex patterning of knots and colors to represent information, but there is no convincing evidence that they were used for literary purposes (cf.
The Poetics of khipu Historiography: Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's Nueva coronica and the Relacion de los quipucamayos".