Moche Religion

Jeffrey Quilter

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

Moche Religion

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Moche is a prehistoric archaeological culture: it is a conception of a suite of material remains of past human behavior framed in the temporal dimension between ad 0 and 700, and in space in a series of desert valleys on the north coast of Peru. In that arid land, people had learned of and adapted to the benefits and dangers of living in a desert close to the Humboldt Current for more than 10,000 years by the time of Moche. This article begins with a brief discussion of the interpretation of Moche religion through art and archaeology. It then covers Moche rituals, religious concepts and the Moche pantheon, and art programs and political change.

Keywords: rituals; archaeology; prehistoric archaeological culture; Moche pantheon; art programs; political change

Article.  7164 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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