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Inca Mummies: Child Sacrifice Victims Fed Drugs and Alcohol

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Tests on three mummies found in Argentina have shed new light on the Inca practice of child sacrifice. Scientists have revealed that drugs and alcohol played a key part in the months and weeks leading up to the children's deaths.

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Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:44 pm
The international team of researchers used forensic tests to analyse the chemicals found in the children's hair.

They discovered that all three had consumed alcohol and coca leaves (from which cocaine is extracted) in the final months of their lives.

Historical records reveal that these substances were reserved for the elite and often used in Incan rituals.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:09 pm
Amazing and worrying

. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:18 pm
kinder than the way we treat kids today. now they are trafficked for sex

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:28 pm
Sad and frightening to be sacrificed in this way simply to fill the needs of other people. True Linda F, there are many children in the world today facing terrible fates.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:49 pm
How true Linda F - now our teens are stolen from the streets and sold, runaways are put out prostitute, our poor children are being starved by the GOP/TP reduction in the SNAP and other programs, and on and on and...

These children sacrificed very probably grew up knowing about the rituals, if not exactly what happens, they were aware of the reason/need for the rites. There would have been no fear - don't think the Inca wanted them afraid or there would have been some signs on the bodies.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:06 am

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:35 am
Noted, thanks.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:44 am
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. Even if these poor kids knew the cultural significance of their role (food for the gods) the coca leaves and alcohol would have relieved the anxiety.

l r (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:16 pm
This article is misleading in regards to the coca leaves consumption. *Coca leaves* (the plant from which cocaine is extracted) has been safely consumed by indigenous Andes peoples for thousands of years for MEDICINAL purposes. In its natural form, coca leaves are a mild stimulant like coffee and helps increase oxygen intake... an important feature for those living at such high altitudes... so no surprise they found it in the mummy's system. *Cocaine* on the other hand, is a highly processed and concentrated extract of the coca plant, this is a modern invention that has led to the drug problems we have today. To this day indigenous peoples consume coca in its natural form and should not in any way be confused with cocaine intake. It would take an impossible high amount of coca leaf intake for a person to get the same high that a cocaine user experiences.

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:23 pm
Truly sad ...

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:40 pm
So they took the best ones out of the gene pool for sacrifice? That must have pleased the gods. The sacrificers are long dead and forgotten, yet now these poor children will be remembered.

reft h (66)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:16 pm
I've always wondered what the thought process was like for the first person who thought up the idea of human sacrifice. What kind of person would think this was a good idea....

MmAway M (506)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:59 am
At least they had a fuzzy mind I hope. Sadly noted and Thanks Ray!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:14 pm
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