"Who was Tupac Amaru? What values u200bu200bembodied his heroic figure? What lessons could Peruvians learn from their exploits? The leader of the great Andean rebellion of 1780 is probably the most famous Peruvian hero in the whole world. In our country, his figure is associated especially with the traumatic episode of the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces, when General Juan Velasco Alvarado and his followers appropriated the character to turn it into an emblem of the so-called "Peruvian revolution". The economic and symbolic resources of the military government fostered a true cult, embodied in hundreds of public events, cultural interventions and monuments, from the national capital to the last Andean community. El apóstol de los andes analyzes the origins and development of this cult, placing the focus on a particular region, Cusco, the scene of the original exploits of Tupac Amaru. The author shows that the Tupacamarismo promoted by the military government had the support of a large part of the Cusco society, but also found the resistance of those who bet on alternative versions of the character or a different style of worship"--Page 4 of cover.