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Evidence of cannibalism found in ancient Mexican group

Researchers have found evidence which shows that the Xiximes people of northern Mexico practiced cannibalism in the 15th century.

Now an analysis of more than three dozen bones bearing evidence of boiling and defleshing confirms that the Xiximes people were in fact cannibals, archaeologists say.

The Xiximes believed that ingesting the bodies and souls of their enemies and using the cleaned bones in rituals would guarantee the fertility of the grain harvest, according to historical accounts by Jesuit missionaries.

The newfound bones prove that cannibalism, “was a crucial aspect of their worldview, their identity,” said José Luis Punzo, an archaeologist behind the new research.

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Story: Sabrina Valle, National Geographic News | Photo: José Luis Punzo, INAH

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