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Old Beliefs Die Hard

The Inca are one of the most well known pre-Columbian societies of South America. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of Inca culture, extending from 1476 to 1634 B.C., is their funerary rituals, including mummification (Cockburn and Cockburn 143). Unlike … Continue reading

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The Aleutian Islands and the Atacama Desert

The Aleut people reside in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. They called themselves Unangan, but the Russians, arriving in the area in the 1740’s, bestowed the name Aleut upon them. Like the Chinchorro, the Aleut people went … Continue reading

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Japanese Mummies

 In Japan, the practice of mummification was an old custom beginning around 774 AD and enduring into the early 20th century. Unlike in the case of the Chinchorro, mummification in Japan was an exclusive practice only performed on certain … Continue reading

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Painting the Dead

As discussed in our previous post, the Chinchorro mummies were most likely put on display for the living to see and probably interact with. The Chinchorro, however, were not the only people to do this. Other mummies from more recent time … Continue reading

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Chinchorro Mummies as Religious Art

There are many ways to preserve a body.  In fact, in many environments, mere burial would provide natural mummification. The Chinchorro people are clearly going above and beyond just preservation.  After all, they lived in the desert; the dry sand would do … Continue reading

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Chinchorro Mummies: The Basics

When you think about mummification, what do you think about? Ancient Egypt? King Tut? The discoverey of treasure filled tombs? If so, congratulations. You are probably among 99% of Americans (yes, I made that statistic up– but you get the … Continue reading

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