La Doncella

This gave me shivers. She looks like she’s asleep.

This girl has been asleep at the icy summit of a 22,000-foot volcano in the Andes for the past five hundred years. The Inca sacrificed her–drugged her up with corn liquor and coca leaves and left her there to die along with two other children. She was fifteen.

It’s hard not to agree with the local Indians, who say whoever found her should have left her there among the ice at the edge of the sky instead of setting her up in some museum… but if they’d done that, I never would have had a chance to see her.

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