Paracas Funerary Mantles: Offerings for Life – 2015
- Paracas funerary mantles: Offerings for Life
- Who Were The Paracas?
- The Wari Kayán Cemetery and Its discoverer
- What is a funerary bundle?
- Offerings for the Afterlife
- “Reading” the Images
- Severed heads, trophy heads
- Paracas textile art
- Three styles of embroidery
- A miniature outfit
- Headband: Turban I
- Headband: Turban II
- Headband: Turban III
- Turban-cloth: Two-headed serpents
- Skirt: Big-Eyed Being
- Uncu tunic with felines: Big-eyed Being
- Short poncho: Orcas
- Short poncho: Feline-Man
- Short poncho with fringes: Big-Eyed Being
- Attire of a Paracas chief
- Opening a funerary bundle from the Wari Kayán Necrópolis
- Mantles for the afterfile
- Bibliographic references
What is a funerary bundle?
A funerary bundle is a large package consisting of many lengths of cloth wrapped around a human cadaver. The deceased person was first placed inside a basket, and both were wrapped in two or three thick cotton shrouds up to four meters wide and more than 20 meters long. The resulting bale was then enveloped in several layers of plain cloth alternating with several layers of embroidered cloth, along with small garments and accessories. The entire bundle was formed into a conical shape in which the top or “false head” represented the head of the deceased. This part of the bundle was sometimes crowned with an intricate headdress.
Within the incredible beauty of the Paracas funerary tradition, deceased persons seem to have been conceived of as seeds, the bundles as plant bulbs, and the cemeteries as gardens. The message of this burial custom seems to have been that life continued after death—that life continued beyond this life in order to give rise to a new existence.