The World’s Largest Mass Child Sacrifice Site
We have heard of weird things happening in the world today but it seems that this did not just start. We have heard of mass graves and now there is the largest mass child sacrifice site that was recently discovered in Peru. Researchers have been excavating a site located in Trujillo where they uncovered getting child skeletons.
Practicing of Human Sacrifice
The ancient cultures in Peru are known to have practiced human sacrifice and most of the victims were kids probably because it is the most important thing that a parent can own.
Although many perform sacrifices to please the gods in return for favors, it is not yet clear why many ancient cultures practiced human sacrifice. It is believed that human sacrifice would be performed during trying times.
The Largest In the World
This is the largest site of its kind in the world according to archaeologists who have been at the site for months. As the researchers continue to excavate, they have uncovered 109 sets of child skeletons in the area with the number being the highest in the world’s similar sites.
Evidence shows that the sacrificed were minors aged between five and 14. It also shows that this is a ritual that may have happened once about 1,000 years back to please the gods when floods overwhelmed the coastline of the country.
Reports indicate that the victims may have been killed by cutting open their chests as they had dislocated ribcages. They were laid while facing the sea.
In the same site, archaeologists discovered 200 remains of llamas that were sacrificed along the young ones. The animals were buried while facing to the east to the Andes Mountains.
The Chimu Culture Performed the Sacrifices
Although the site had been occupied by several ancient civilizations, it is believed that this major mass sacrifice was performed by the Chimu culture. Other cultures that had occupied the area were the Moche and the saline.
Similarities in the Remains
The remains of the children had similar marks which included dislocated ribcages, lesions on breastbones while a red cinnabar-based pigment was smeared on their faces.
As researchers continue to study the skeletons and the area, it is apparent that ancient cultures embraced human sacrifice and it is clear that across Peru, human sacrifice was common. During this remarkable discovery, other things were uncovered such as ropes as well as skeletons of two women and a man.