THE INCA DRUGGED SACRIFICIAL CHILDREN WITH COCAINE FOR WEEKS BEFORE DEATH
So this is more than casually interesting and disturbing. A recent study published in the Journal of Archeological Science has confirmed that Inca children to be sacrificed were drugged with cocaine in the weeks before. Why? To keep them complacent and happy before their deaths in various rituals. Despite my limited knowledge of Incan history, I do know that the culture regularly sacrificed people. As in, killed them. Even children! And I knew that cocaine was a part of their history as well. But my thoughts never connected the two. I just can’t get over the term, sacrificial children. That’s why I’m not an archeologist.
INCA CALLED SACRIFICIAL CHILDREN CAPACOCHA, KILLED TO CELEBRATE SPECIAL EVENTS
In Incan society, human sacrifice was a normal part of celebrating things like royal birth, or a big victory in battle. And yes, children were usually the sacrificial lambs, just without the lambs. The Inca called them capacocha. An international team of scientists from Peru, Poland and the United States conducted toxicological analyses of two capacocha. They were both immolated more than 500 years ago in a ceremony on Ampato Mountain, in Peru. The two children were 6 or 7 years old when they died. The scientists were looking for signs of cocaine in the two.
SCIENTISTS CONFIRMED SACRIFICIAL CHILDREN WERE KEPT PLIANT ON COCAINE, AYAHUASCA
And they found them. We now understand that in the weeks preceding their sacrificial deaths, the Inca had them chew on coca leaves (cocaine) and also gave them ayahuasca. That last is a beverage made from a hallucinogenic flowering vine. That vine also provided an antidepressant effect on the kids. In other words, the Inca got these kids high and kept them that way before they died. Even more, they made sure to reduce anxiety and depression. You know, as these kids knew they were the sacrificial dedicated?
Now, it looks like I need to learn more about the Inca! Even though this study is absolutely disturbing at best.