Mummified 12 year old remains fresh for decades

 

 Yet Her Body Did Not Decay

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Generally, what we know about Mummies or 



the 



act of mummification is restricted to Egypt and 




the Pyramids where the Mummies of ancient 



Phaereos and other nobles are preserved, 



however there are other cultures where the 



dead were preserved and cared for as if they 



were still alive. 



The Incas were originally American Indian 


people who settled in the highlands of Peru. 



They belonged to the Andean culture and were 



also known for building one of the greatest 



empires during the 1440s. The Incas were 



famed for architecture, great engineering and a 



structural form of governance. Inca relics still 




abound till modern day with Archeologists still 



excavating to know more about the history of 



this once great empire.



The Incas were also ancestor worshippers 



hence they believed in life after death, 



preserving their dead after draping them with 



expensive jewelries, fine clothes and living fine 




pottery in their burial sites. From time to time, 



they brought out these mummies to perform 



some ceremonies and even fed them. 



Mummies were consulted during such 



ceremonies and given food and drinks, a 



culture which is close to the African tradition of 




ancestor worship. You will recall that in some 



parts of Africa, drinks are offered to ancestors 



before being taken. African Elders would 



usually break kola nuts and pour drinks on the 



floor for the ancestors. 




The ancient Incas however, took it a notch 



higher, actually physically moving the ancestor 



to the ceremony. 




Archeologists have been studying the Inca 



Mummies and learning about the culture. 




One of the most amazing discoveries in recent 



times, is the body of a maiden which has been 



preserved for 500years. 



According to the Smithsonian Magazine:  



"At least 500 years old, the Inca maiden, found 




at the top of the Andes is so well-preserved 



that 



visitors find themselves whispering, for fear of 



waking her. 



"The mummy, called La Doncella or The 



Maiden, is that of a teenage girl who died more 



than 500 years ago in a ritual sacrifice in the 



Andes Mountains.



The girl and two other children who were 




probably sacrificial offerings to the gods, were 




left on a mountaintop and exposed to the chilly 



cold, archaeologists who found their 



mummified remains in Argentina said. 



Sithsonian Magazine explains that "La 



Doncella 



was found in 1999 dressed in a ceremonial 



tunic and adorned with a headpiece, tokens of 




her new status as a messenger to the heavens. 



The girl had also been given corn liquor, likely 



to 



put her to sleep, scientists say, and her mouth 



still held fragments of coca leaves, which the 



Inca chewed to lessen the effects of altitude 


sickness.


Some say the dead never really die. In the case 



of the young maiden sacrificed to the gods and 



left to on a cold mountain in the Andes, her 



body has refused to be corrupted by death.

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