Monday , December 6 2021

How Inca Mummies Ruled Over the Living

The Inca civilization, like other ancient Andean groups, practiced artificial mummification as a way of honoring their ancestors and preserving the connection between present and past. The most important Inca mummies, including those of their emperors, were treated as still-living beings—draped in fine textiles and jewelry, served food and drink and carefully tended by their living descendants.

Mummification in Ancient Andean Cultures

Chinchorro mummy of a baby on display at the San Miguel De Azapa Archaeological Museum, Chile.

Chinchorro mummy of a baby on display at the San Miguel De Azapa Archaeological Museum, Chile.




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