La Doncella de Llullaillaco

9 Sep

dear prudence,

don’t be impressed by the wonders of the ancient cultures of the mayans or the incas. do me that favour. in the end we are all shit, no matter what we build or write or paint. we are greedy. we look for immortality in a feverish frenzy and we sacrifice any and all that stand in our way. we atone and we repent, and we hypocritically worship and make offerings to gods which do not exist, in exchange for longevity and menial mortal favours. the 15-year-old girl whose remains were found in an icy pit on Llullaillaco volcano, along with a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, were inca children 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 22,080 feet. now they’re on display in salta, argentina for all to gasp in awe not at the barbaric, backwards pious display of devotion to a non existent diety, but at how well-preserved these children remained. perhaps in a realization of the atrocities committed by these so-called great civilizations, several indian groups waged a losing campaign to prevent the remains from going on display, arguing that the mummies should be buried or at least kept from public view. the exhibit is deemed as a “great mistake” by the representatives of the Calchaquies valley tribes in and around Salta. death is not the road to awe .
p.s. i’ve found the letters to you from twenty years ago which i never sent. do you want them?

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3 Responses to “La Doncella de Llullaillaco”

  1. slyboots2 09/09/2007 at 8:29 PM #

    Creepy. Especially the 20 year old letter part.

  2. Lx 10/09/2007 at 2:22 PM #

    yes.

  3. Janete Cabral 22/09/2007 at 4:38 AM #

    You are letting us in into a different world…old or new.

    GREAT.

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