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Lightning Girl is a preserved Andean Mummy from the Inca Empire, a six year old girl who was sacrificed for religious rites and imperial control over the mountain peasant population. She was discovered on Llullaillaco volcano, her body extremely well preserved- having spent approximately five hundred years at a eighty-two foot altitude- save for the damage caused by a lightning strike, hence her given name by archaeologists. 

Photo of the “Llullaillaco Maiden”, a 15 year old girl sacrificed during the Inca Empire for both purposes of religious rite and social control. She was chosen a year prior to her death, fed a ritualistic diet for an approximate twelve months to make her gain weight, then was drugged and left on the shrine at Volcano Llullaillaco, where she was left to die of exposure. For five hundred years, her body had been preserved at 82 ft. She is considered to be the best preserved Andean mummy ever uncovered.