The aboriginal name of this city was Qusqu.
Although it was used in Quechua, its origin has been found in the Aymara
language. The word itself originated in the phrase qusqu wanka ('Rock of the owl'),
attending to the foundational myth of the Ayar Siblings. According to this
legend, Ayar Auca (Ayar Awqa) got wings and flew to the site of the future city
and transformed into a rock to mark the possession of the land by his ayllu ('linage')
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