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Mochica’s Sacrifice; ancient temple site on Pacific island


(1) Mochican iconography comes to life in this film, which portrays a ceremony of sacrifice carried out by the Moche culture in coastal Peru between A.D. 100 and 800.  Each part of the ceremony is shown, beginning with the battle of great warriors.  (2) On the Micronesian island of Kosrae lies the site of Menke.  Oral history says a temple existed in that area, where people worshiped the goddess Sinlaku.  Is it 1300 years old, one of the oldest temples in the Pacific, as expected?  Dr. Felicia Beardsley and her excavation team have spent a dozen years finding out.


Produced in 2013 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Copyright 2013 by Archaeological Legacy Institute



Web links:

ASEHS Company

Kosrae (Wikipedia)

Micronesian Diary (Dr. Felicia Beardsley)

Moche Culture (Wikipedia)

The Sacrifice Ceremony: Battles and Death in Mochica Art (Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, 2000, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru)

Traveling in Search of a King: Making Startling Discoveries in Micronesia (La Verne Magazine)