PERUVIAN kids were abandoned on top of volcanoes so they could be struck by lighting as part of a brutal child sacrifice ritual, a study has revealed.
The 500-year-old practice was meant to elevate children to a status so high, they would be able to advise gods, since they were no higher than mortals.
Scientists noted the kids were not electrocuted as a form of punishment.
The children who were jolted with electricity were seen as the most pure, which is why they were taken to the gods.
The remains of six children were found around two decades ago, but they have been reanalysed with x-rays, so their bodies can be preserved.
They were found in seated rectangular stone platforms on the mountains of Ampato and Pitchu Pitchu, Peru.
Dagmara Socha, a bioarchaeologist from the Center for Andean Studies of the University of Warsaw (CEAC) told PAP, a website for science: “According to the Incas, a person struck by lightning received great honour—a god expressed interest in that person.
“The Incas considered the children pure and untouched.”
Ms Socha believes they were also chosen on their “beauty or ancestry”.
So once they were sacrificed, the kids will be able to help the gods “make specific decisions”.
Scientists what the exact selection process was, but the youngsters were reportedly rounded up from all corners of the empire.
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Their remains are currently at Museo Sancturios Andinos, being preserved in good condition.
But some are said to be in a deteriorated state, with burn marks and evidence of soft tissue, perhaps because of the lightning strikes.
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