Significance Of The Nazca Civilization

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The Nazca civilization is an ancient civilization that developed in South America. More specifically in the Southern part of Peru. This civilization originated in Peru around 400 B.C. and collapsed around 700 A.D. The Nazca civilization is artistically, religiously, and intellectually significant in world history. The Nazca Civilization was and still is religiously significant. The Nazca built Cahuachi a large religious complex. Cahuachi was the most important city in the Nazca civilization. Cahuachi was used for harvest festivals, ancestor worships, and burials. Cahuachi was built on the southern part of the Nazca valley in a place where the Nazca River flowed. There the Nazca built forty burial mounds where religious ceremonies were often held by religious leaders called shamans (Cartwright, 2016). Shamans were the intermediaries between the spirit world and the everyday world. They often used hallucinogenic drugs to induce visions and gain control of supernatural forces (Proulx, 1999). Cahuachi a large religious complex built by the Nazca is religiously significant because shamans (the Nazca religious leaders) performed many important religious ceremonies there. This explains how the Nazca religion is incorporated today and why shamans are still an important part of Peruvian culture since many people look for the help of shamans in times of need as shamans hold the answers to the most complex questions. Since their supernatural abilities let them communicate with

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