The Incas believed in Gods of nature, sun, moon, stars and therefore the holiest places were on top of mountains and sacrifices were made in order to keep the Gods happy. The most pure, intelligent and beautiful children were often sacrificed to the Gods. They were chosen at birth and grew up in a temple in Cusco. When it was time to make a sacrifice, the most beautiful child at the time was chosen.
When Juanita and the other 2 children were sacrificed, 2,000 people walked 1,600 miles over 2-3 months from Cusco to Ampato. They brought pottery, textiles, carvings, metal work, even huge jugs of corn beer "chicha" as offerings to the Gods. Some people went ahead to build the steps and platforms that were found hundreds of years later. They chose to do this at the time because the nearby volcano was erupting, meaning the Gods were angry. Juanita would have climbed to the summit, freezing cold, wearing only sandals and a cloak, feeling the effects of altitude. She fasted for at least a day before she died and was given chicha to help put her to sleep. She was then positioned in the foetal position before being fatally struck on her right temple & was buried with all of the various offerings.
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