Nick Corduan (nickc@DORITE.IQUEST.NET)
Thu, 20 Apr 1995 12:25:29 -0500

Hi, everybody.

In my ongoing research into the Moche culture of Peru, I stumbled across a few
carelessly strewn-about references to cannibalism in their art. I did a
quick bit of research on the topic, and came up basically dry.

However, I did read about a tribe in Brazil who practiced ritualistic
cannibalism, in the form of a mock-combat at the end of which the victim was
consumed, at least in part.

This actually fits in remarkeably well with certain aspects of Moche
iconography -- inlcuding the ridiculously elaborate costuiming of many
depicted warrriors.

Does any one know of any precedent concerning such a practice reaching as far
west as the northern coast of Peru?



Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
( --Booker T. Washington