Monday, April 30, 2018

Human Sacrifice in Peru

Human sacrifice is part of many pagan belief systems. From CNN:
The skeletal remains of more than 140 children and 200 baby llamas were found on the country's northern coast. It may be evidence of the largest child sacrifice in history, according to an exclusive report by National Geographic, released Thursday on its website. The remains of a man and two women were also found. The sacrifices are believed to have taken place 550 years ago in the pre-Columbian Chimú Empire, in a sacrificial site formerly known as Huanchaquito-Las Llamas, close to a UNESCO World Heritage site of Chan Chan, in the modern town of Trujillo. This April 22, 2011, photo provided by National Geographic shows more than a dozen bodies preserved in dry sand for more than 500 years, at the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas site near Trujillo, Peru. The children ranged in age from 5 to 14, according to the report. The baby llamas were less than 18 months old. "Skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to the sternum as well as rib dislocations," the report says. (Read more.)
The ritual murders were the work of the ancient Chimú civilization, which predated the Incas. From the National Geographic:
The Chimú succumbed to the Inca only decades after the sacrifices at Las Llamas. Haagen Klaus, a professor of anthropology at George Mason University, has excavated some of the earliest evidence for child sacrifice in the region, at the 10th- to 12th-century site of Cerro Cerillos in the Lambayeque Valley, north of Huanchaco. The bioarchaeologist, who is not a member of the Las Llamas project, suggests that societies along the northern Peruvian coast may have turned to the sacrifice of children when the sacrifice of adults wasn't enough to fend off the repeated disruptions wrought by El Niño. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

In this country there is no burial place large enough to fit the bodies of the aborted who have been sacrificed to the god of convenience and freedom from responsibility.