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Inca Empire for Kids
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Children of the Sun

 

The Inca worshipped many gods and goddesses. They believed every mountain peak was either the home of a god or an actual god.  All the Inca had one or more little statues in their homes that housed a little spirit that looked after them. They knew little gods lurked everywhere. 

They prayed to their gods every day. About once a month, the priests held a huge celebration. That was the common people's day off from work. Everyone went to the celebration. It was a festival, put on by the government, in honor of the gods. 

In Inca believed in omens and signs and the power of dreams. One of their specialized professions for the common people was that of sorcerer. 

The Inca conducted sacrifices at every festival. But they only sacrificed people if something really huge was going on, like a war. 

They believed in an afterlife. They mummified their dead. During some festivals, they carried around mummified bodies. 

 

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Written by Lin Donn
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