While many public works in the Inca Empire pursued partly religious and ceremonial purpose, religion has never had such an absolute priority here, as in the Aztec Empire. The prisoners were sometimes sacrificed, as well as children, offered to sacrifice his or her parents, but these events were usually associated with any crisis, such as drought and lack of rain. Usually they sacrificed llama or alpaca, and the animal's heart and pulled portrayed the gods. But for the most part it has been sufficient to offer gods and meat in the form of a candle kindle wool ball floating in the oil or fat.
Watering the Desert: Meditations with Tony de Mello
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