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HUMAN SACRIFICE: Ancient Peruvian tomb yields bodies of six women killed in rituals

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
1/27/2016 (2 years ago)
CALIFORNIA NETWORK (https://www.youtube.com/c/californianetwork)

Victims appear to be from the pre-Inca period; rituals may have involved blood drinking

Archaeologists have uncovered grisly evidence of 1,200-year-old sacrificial rituals in Pre-Inca Peru. The skeletons of six females have been discovered on the former site of a temple. The women's murders were believed ritualistic in nature as their bodies were contorted for their skulls to faces the Andes mountain range.

Researchers say that the skeletal remains found at a temple were once part of the Lambayeque culture. Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

Researchers say that the skeletal remains found at a temple were once part of the Lambayeque culture. Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

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By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
CALIFORNIA NETWORK (https://www.youtube.com/c/californianetwork)
1/27/2016 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Human sacrifice, Peru, Lambayeque, human remains, Sican culture


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers think that the women were from pre-Inca cultures. The malefic ceremonies in which their bodies were offered up to pagan gods might have included blood drinking and perhaps cannibalism. However, the precise details about the sacrificial rituals are not yet known at this time.

The sacrifices predate the spread of the Inca civilization by several hundred years.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.


Researchers say that the skeletal remains found at a temple were once part of the Lambayeque culture. Also known as the Sican culture, this society flourished along the north coast of Peru until around 1375 AD.

The Lambayeque people are believed to have traded with people from present day Ecuador, Colombia and Chile.


Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan..

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.


The Lambayeque were known for their large religious cities dominated by huge temples. They were eventually were defeated by the Chimu empire in 1375 AD. The Incan Empire then flourished between around 1400 AD and 1533 AD.

The placement of the bodies suggests the women came from other pre-Inca civilizations including the Moche, Wari and Cajamarca.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.


"We have discovered a temple around 1,200-years-old and which was a secret enclosure that priests used to sacrifice women to their gods," Edgar Bracamonte, the lead archaeologist said. "It was used for private ceremonies. It has platforms and a central ramp that was covered with earth, where they left a large quantity of offerings. We found six buried women in different places."

Discovered at the Huaca Santa Rosa, in the Pucala district, 18 miles from Chiclayo, the positioning of the skulls of the skeletons remains a mystery. The remains of sacrificial men previously found in Mocha and Lambayeque sites were arranged differently.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.


While little is known about the specific rituals or gods the temple honored, similar rituals may have been adopted by the Incans after they rose to prominence afterwards.

"What caught our attention was the unusual position of a young woman of around 24-years-old," Bracamonte says. "She was positioned in the centre of the ramp together with a llama and ceramic pots.


Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.


"This finding is very important because it reveals to us a close relationship between the Mochicas and the Lambayeque culture."

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