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Little Llamas

Llama figurines were often buried with the Inca dead, perhaps as offerings to the gods to ensure the fertility of the Inca herds.

Llamas played an important role in Inca culture. They were the primary transportation source for the empire, which had a vast mountain road system but no wheels. Hardy animals, llamas carried all sorts of loads, from water to building materials. Llamas also provided dung (which served as fuel and fertilizer) and wool for textiles. After their deaths, llamas provided hide for leathers and meat for food.

Little Llamas

Photograph by Maria Stenzel

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