Frozen Inca Mummy Goes On Display

Frozen Inca Mummy Goes On Display
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Three figurines festooned with colorful feathers and woven garments were found alongside the bodies of La Doncella and two fellow victims at the top of an Andean volcano.

The three Inca children were left to freeze to death as a sacrifice to the gods, anthropologist Johan Reinhard said.

"[They] weren't being sacrificed to feed the gods," Reinhard told National Geographic News in 2005. "They were being sacrificed to enter into the realm of the gods. It was considered a great honor.

"These children didn't die in the sense that we think: They went to live in a paradise with the gods. … It was a transition into a better life, one that these children were greatly honored [to have]."

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