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. 

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The Capacocha Mummy. Otherwise known as one of the most well preserved mummies found today.

In the Inca culture, it was common to sacrifice children for religious reasons. It was mostly thought of as a quick kill before she was found. However, she was so well preserved by the weather conditions she was found in that they were able to test her system for all kinds of things. It was found they performed extensive ceremonies and fed the children alcohol and cocaine in large quantity a few days before death. It was believed these high hallucinogenic doses brought upon a sense of holiness.

They’ve even determined her age. She was 13 when she froze to death near the summit of the second highest volcano in the world, Volcan LlullaillacoIt’s likely she fell asleep, and simply didn’t wake back up. If you’d like to read more about this wonder of preservation you can visit the link here.

New Inca Ceremonial Complex Discovered in Peru May Contain Evidence of Human Sacrifice

Explorer and writer Miguel Gutierrez Garitano, along with a team of Spanish researchers, has just announced a finding that could revolutionize Incan Andean archeology, if it is confirmed. The team has located at least 55 enclosures in the mountains of Vilcabamba, Peru which they believe was a ceremonial complex that may provide evidence of the Inca ritual ‘Capacocha’ – human sacrifice.

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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.