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date: 13 May 2021

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The capacocha was one of the most important rituals in the Inca Empire. Commemorated in times of crisis and political unrest, this celebration entailed the sacrifice of unblemished children to the sacred huacas residing in Cuzco and afar. To restore balance, this pilgrimage ritual also required the massive mobilization of people and resources from the distinct provinces. This chapter discusses this singular practice, in order to contextualize the capacocha sacrifice deposited on the summit of the Llullaillaco mountain.

Keywords: capacocha, sacrifice, Cuzco, Llullaillaco, sacred geography, pilgrimage, Inca

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