WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The skeletons of 227 kids were unearthed in Peru, in what is considered the site of the world’s largest child sacrifice ritual.
- Experts believe that the kids were sacrificed in a ritual about 1,400 years ago to appease the gods and stop the El Niño phenomenon.
- The children, between the ages of four and 14, reportedly had their hearts ripped out in the gruesome ritual.
The site of the world’s largest child sacrifice ritual has reportedly been uncovered by archaeologists in Peru.
The skeletons of 227 kids were unearthed in a mass grave on the northern coast of Peru. The children were between the ages of four and 14 and were born into the Chimú empire, which predated the Incas.
Archaeologist Feren Castillo told AFP, “We are the largest place where remains of sacrificed children have been found. There is no other.”
The site was located in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, north of Lima. Some of the skeletons still had skin, hair, and wore silver earmuffs.
Experts believe that the kids were sacrificed in a ritual about 1,400 years ago to appease the gods and stop the disasters linked to the El Niño phenomenon.
The El Niño phenomenon occurs when the Pacific Ocean becomes very warm. It usually brings about disastrous impacts to Peru and its neighboring countries.
Other mass slaughter sites have previously been found around Pampa La Cruz.
In June 2018, the remains of 56 children were unearthed.
In Huanchaquito, just 2km or 1.2 miles from Pampa la Cruz, 140 children and 200 llamas were found to have been sacrificed in a similar ritual. The remains of 132 more children were unearthed in a nearby site.
The gruesome ritual reportedly involved ripping the children’s hearts out.
According to a National Geographic report, the children’s remains had cuts to their breastbones. These are believed to have been made by a ceremonial knife.
The dislocated rib cages also suggest that whoever carried out the bloody sacrifices tried to tear out the hearts of each victim.
Source: The Sun