UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Experts believe they have found a burial site that embodies the largest recorded child sacrifice ever recorded.
The skeletons of 227 children, who were massacred at the same time, were discovered in a mass grave on Peru’s northern coast, where archaeologists believe that children born in the Chimú empire were sacrificed as part of an ancient pagan ritual to stop the disasters associated with El Niño.
Christmas time on the coasts of Peru and Ecuador lasts for several months, and fishermen have used the term, which means the sacred child in Spanish, to denote the warm Pacific current and the heavy rains it brings disruption to normal life in the Pacific Ocean.
The victims, aged 4-14, were brutally murdered 1,400 years ago, as the religious leaders who carried out the killings were said to have been part of the Chimo Empire, a powerful community that predated Incas, as scientists found. Monuments on the site of the mass slaughter in the Bambalacruz sector in Huanchaco, north of Lima.
“Children have been sacrificed in rituals to stop bad weather, and we have found more evidence of rain,” archaeologist Ferren Castillo told AFP.
This weather phenomenon, which occurs when the Pacific Ocean becomes extremely warm, can have catastrophic effects in Peru and other countries. In 2017, El Niño caused floods and landslides that killed 162 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
The burial site in Hunchachu is not the first, where the remains of 56 children were found in June 2018, and just two kilometers away the remains of 140 children were found in similar rituals as well.
The children are believed to have been killed after their hearts exploded in horrendous rituals.
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