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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Wgbh Boston
  • VHS Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 157807133X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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By A Customer on March 23, 2001
In a far away place and far off time, a brave teenager tried to help her people by making the powerful mountain and sun gods happy. She is again helping her people and science with her mummified body, recently found by mountaineers Johan Reinhard and Miguel Zarate. FROZEN IN HEAVEN offers articulate interviews with the discoverer and his colleagues who are trying to keep this first female mummy of Latin America in good shape. With spectacular onsite footage, the video is a worthy companion to Dr Reinhard's DISCOVERING THE INCA ICE MAIDEN and to Nova videos on the MYSTERIOUS MUMMIES OF CHINA, RETURN OF THE ICEMAN and SIBERIAN ICE MAIDEN.
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