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The Sarcophagus of Karajia

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Dec 9, 2016 11:48:00 PM

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The Sarcophagus of Karajía, is a set of coffins with an ancient funerary Chachapoyas tradition. 

The ancient Chachapoyas culture.developed the cult of the dead at a high level, and performed rituals for their deceased’s, mummifying the bodies of their loved ones to preserve them. Special care was given in the construction on the Sarcophagus destined for eternal rest.

The sarcophagus were found in 1985 by Peruvian archaeologist Federico Kauffmann Doig, in the district of Luya.

The sarcophagus are large capsules made of clay mixed with wood and small stones. Only the head and chest are compact. The body and head are decorated with red two-tone paint,  applied over a white base color. The heads of the sarcophagi were sculpted in clay which make them have a protuberant and hooked nose, apparently referring to the peak of a bird of prey.

The sarcophagus originally wore on their heads a skull, ritual that gave them majesty. They have the shape of a human being but have a hollow interior, providing the necessary space to shelter a mummified dead, seated  and wrapped with cloth.

To visit them we have to travel to Amazonas department, province of Luya, in the town of Karajía. The sarcophagus are located over 2,600 meters above sea level with an exotic flora.

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Chachapoyas

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