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Lightning Girl
Human Mummy
Lightninggirl
Biographical Information
Name(s) Lightning Girl
Age 500 years old ( 4-6 yrs old at death)
Sex female
Status sacrifice
Height N/A
Source
Culture Inca Society
Date(s) Found in 1999
Site Mount Llullaillaco
Current Location
Location Border of Chile and Argentina
Catalog # Unknown

La Nina del rayo, or Lightning Girl, is a 4-6 year old female mummy. She was found near the summit of Volcán Llullaillaco in Argentina, with two other child mummies.

Mummification

Lightning Girl was mummified by the extreme cold, dry environment on Llullaillaco. She was almost completely intact except for damage found on her face and shoulder likely due to being struck by lightning after death. She was found in association with a small boy and a teenaged girl.

Studies

Recently, a hair analyses revealed that Lightning Girl was fed coca leaves (cocaine is derived from this plant) and alcohol before the time of her death. Lightning Girl shows no evidence of struggle or violence.

The body had apparently been hit by lightning after she had been placed in the tomb. She was wearing a sleeveless dress and a shawl, both kept in place with metal pins, moccasins on her feet and a metal plaque on her forehead. Textile and ceramic items, as well as metal figurines, were placed around her body on the bottom of the tomb.

Pathology

There was no evidence of disease in this mummy.


References

Castro, J. (2013, July 29). Final Moments of Incan Child Mummies' Lives Revealed. Retrieved from: http://www.livescience.com/38504-incan-child-mummies-lives-revealed.html

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