| Sarita |
|Site||Sara Sara in southern Peru|
|Location||Museo Santuarios Andinos, Arequipa, Perú|
She was sacrificed more than 500 years ago as an offering to Inca gods, probably including the sun, moon, and the mountain itself. Found in a fetal position, Sarita had been placed on a platform along with three gold and silver statuettes and a small bundle of coca leaves, traditional offerings to the mountain gods. Her body had been preserved by ice, cold temperatures, and dry air, mummifying the young girl.
Researchers believe the Inca people practiced human sacrifice, but those of children were rarer, usually only in periods of famine, epidemic, military defeat, or other upheaval.