Filled with haunting visuals, revealing insights and fascinating discoveries, NOVA uncovers the ritualistic South American mystery of innocent children sacrificed to mountain gods.
High in the Peruvian Andes it is so dry and cold that decomposition is practically a myth. Those unlucky enough to die there find themselves Frozen in Heaven
, and Nova
has investigated the mystery of ancient Inca sacrifice on these remote plateaus with a chilling, enthralling account of a very different way of life. More than 500 years ago, the natives of the mountains practiced human sacrifice (or "capa choca") to appease their fierce gods. Watch as two of these offerings are disinterred and studied for clues to the nature of their people and their fabled "ladder to heaven." This is science at its most difficult--conditions are dreary at best and with attendant risks from looters and high-altitude camping any information gained is all the more precious. The miraculously well-preserved bodies are particularly eerie as they are fully dressed and surrounded by the riches of the living. Frozen in Heaven
is a call through hundreds of years for understanding. --Rob Lightner