Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Throats are cut with a gilded tumi

Throats are cut with a gilded tumi.

...and blood drunk from ritual goblets.

Temple of Doom - Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru, which is set to open in the Otago Museum's Special Exhibitions Gallery on 28 February, will unearth the mysteries of human sacrifice, power struggles, unimaginable treasures and supernatural deities of one of the world's great lost civilizations - the Moche (pronounced Mow-chey).

Without a written language, the Moche people, who occupied the north coast of Peru for almost 800 years from 50AD, used art to record events. Most of the objects were excavated from unlooted tombs and were made by the most gifted artists for the exclusive use of the elite. As well as being beautiful in their own right, these objects are symbols of the supernatural, instruments of power and providers of wealth.

Most notable of the objects in the exhibition are the exquisite metal works and pottery. Their ceramics, which detail rituals involving hunting, fishing, sex, agricultural production and medicine, also depict the rite of human sacrifice - from warriors in combat to the act of sacrifice itself.

Ritual sacrifices were performed to assure prosperity and protect society from natural disasters, disease and war. Young warriors defeated in ritual combat went to their deaths in the belief that their sacrifice protected society from harm and fuelled the supernatural power of their rulers. As human sacrifice was the most valuable offering and blood was the symbol of life, the warriors' throats were cut with a gilded tumi (a sacrificial blade) and their blood was drunk from ritual goblets.

Make the most of this amazing opportunity to journey to a land before Inca and witness incredible human riches and rituals - walk through scenes of ritual combat, make your way up and in to the Pyramid of the Moon and experience the anticipation felt by the sacrificial warriors.

Visitors to Temple of Doom will also have the option to hear in depth commentaries about the ritual of sacrifice. The audio tour provokes thought about life within the Moche culture of ancient Peru and is an invaluable tool in understanding the mystery behind this complex society and its rituals.

This extraordinary exhibition will be on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery from 28 February until 23 May. Admission charges apply (audio tours extra). Temple of Doom is toured by the Larco Museum with the support of the Peruvian National Institute of Culture. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Community Trust of Otago and is indemnified by the New Zealand Government.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>