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Paracas—Mummies, Shamans, and Severed Heads

Lecture no. 7 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America

Paracas—Mummies, Shamans, and Severed Heads

Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Investigate the fascinating Paracas tombs of the 1st millennium B.C., which contain richly adorned mummies, and grasp the significance of mummification. Study the elaborate iconography of Paracas textiles, the meaning of the supernatural beings they depict, and the practice of head hunting as a means to control the spirits of the dead.

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m********m
January 16, 2017

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j********m
November 23, 2015
This is one of those 'That is fascinating' 'That is gross' lectures. The mummification process wasn't as advanced in Peru as it was in Egypt, but it seems like almost everyone was mummified versus only the rich and powerful in Egypt. Also we get into the head hunting practice that has always made me a bit squeamish about studying South American history. I'm still not a big fan,but at least the instructor kind of explains that it wasn't merely barbarism that informed the practice.

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