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 uncovered.

A little tidbit from the final film of my animation degree. Llullaillaco Lullaby is a two minute short about the beautiful Lullaillaco Maiden (aka la Doncella). Done entirely in chalk pastel under camera. Which I have been regretting deeply for the past couple of months, since it forces me to work in a dark, dusty room far from sunshine, fresh air and fellow humans. Oh well.