The Dark Truth Behind the Recovery of a 500-Year-Old Mummy

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A Dark Part of Inca Religion

One aspect of the Inca religion was "Qhapaq hucha," or human sacrifice. The Inca people mainly used children for these rituals. They were sacrificed after important events, such as a famine or the death of an emperor. Children were considered the purest beings, which is why they were typically selected...

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Considered a High Honor

Children were chosen years in advance, and the process to ensure their physical perfection was lengthy. They were given hearty diets that were typically reserved for the emperor and his court in order to fatten them up. The night before a sacrifice, the children were adorned in jewels and fine clothing and attended a feast in their honor...

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