Friday, September 7, 2007

Children of Llullaillaco the preserved 500-year-old Inca Ice Maiden on display!!!

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Museum-goers have gasped at the well-preserved mummy of an Inca maidenwhich is on display for the first time, a serene gaze etched on her face from hundreds of years ago when she froze to death high in the Andes.

Crowds of people packed a museum in Salta, Argentina, to see "la Doncella"- Spanish for "the Maiden" - a 15-year-old girl whose remains were found in 1999 in an icy pit on Llullaillaco volcano, along with a six-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy.

Scientists believe the so-called Children of Llullaillaco were sacrificed more than 500 years ago in a ceremony marking the annual corn harvest.

Dressed in fine clothes and given corn alcohol to put them to sleep, the victims were then left to die at an elevation of 6,730 meters (22,080 feet). [Quoted from DailyMail]

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