Nazca Head-hunters - Trophy Head

The Nazca Head-hunters and their Trophy Heads

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Featured image :  A trophy head of the Nazca culture. Source: Wikipedia

By Ḏḥwty

References

Conlee, C. A., 2007. Decapitation and Rebirth: A Headless Burial from Nasca, Peru. [Online]
Available at: http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/nazca/nasca-decapitation.pdf

Proulx, D. A., 1999. Nasca Headhunting and the Ritual Use of Trophy Heads. [Online]
Available at: http://people.umass.edu/proulx/online_pubs/Nasca_Headhunting_Zurich.pdf

Proulx, D. A., 2001. Ritual Uses of Trophy Heads in Ancient Nasca Society. [Online]
Available here.

ScienceDaily, 2009. Mystery Of South American Trophy Heads Solved. [Online]
Available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090105120310.htm

Wikipedia, 2014. Nazca culture. [Online]
Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_culture

Comments

It is difficult for me to understand how people with such a knowledge of the Earth's resources could develop sacrifice as a means for cause and effect. The ability to channel water to needed locations, use of the stars as GPS and calendar, as well as shaping stone to suit their needs shows the ability of developing cause and effect relationships. Sacrifice does nothing but destroy a life be it a human life or an animal. Perhaps the higher form of engineering was followed by the decadence of a younger generation or immigrant invaders. The movie Apocalypto show the king and his priests preforming sacrifices to appease the citizens instead of using the sacrifice to cohere them into submission with fear. But which came first; a king that began using fear and later followed by a successor just keeping up a tradition with his job? The idea that times were tough and they had to do what they needed to make things work right again is still just a wrong assumption for sacrifice. The sun will rise no matter what the carnage on the Earth. People and their weird beliefs only show how important knowledge for the true circumstances surrounding cause and effect are still in great demand.

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