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Incan Preservation

 - Sep 9, 2007   Updated: Apr 12 2011
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Five hundred years ago she was dressed in fine clothes, given corn alcohol to drink, and left on a mountain in the Andes to die as a sacrifice. "La Doncella" (Spanish for "the Maiden") a 15-year-old girl whose remains are nearly perfectly preserved is now on display in a museum in Salta, Argentina.

It is believed that the Children of Llullaillaco were sacrificed annually in hopes of encouraging a prosperous corn harvest. The corn alcohol was provided to these child sacrifices to put them to sleep and ensure a peaceful death was they were left to die on a mountain of up to 22,080 feet.

Implications - Studying the customs of ancient civilizations puts today's customs into perspective.