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Moche (Mochica) Stoll, Marijke


The Moche (alternatively Mochica) were a collective of autonomous polities that participated in a shared culture and politico-religious ideology during the Early Intermediate (BCE 200 - CE 550) and Middle Horizon (CE 550 - 1000) periods. They occupied several river valleys that bisect the coastal deserts in the North Coast region of Peru. The Moche are particularly well-known for their ceramic pottery that often depicted both real-life and supernatural themes. Moche communities practiced a polytheistic religion that focused heavily on sacrifice, blood, semen, sex, funerary ritual and a warrior cult.

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