|This class will introduce the Deathways of three late era Andean Cultures, the Chachapoyas, the Chimu, and the Inca, as well as the cultural clash resulting from these practices when the Spanish invaded.
Death in the Andes is not the same Death with which we are acquainted. Even today the Quechua word for dead people, wanuq, is a progressive or continuous word that means those who are dying or in the process of death. In most of the Andean region, mummification can happen naturally, and often has. Likely due to this natural preservation of the body and a focus on collective, supportive, and reciprocal societies, you start to see the logic that ruled the Andean Deathways, and the interesting ways that played out in different cultures. The three cultures covered in this class lasted at least until the mid 1400s, had at least a few hundred years of history, and range from the Amazonian Cloud Forest, to the Coastal Desert, to the Highland Tundra.