The Chinchorro mummies are mummified remains of individuals from the South American Chinchorro culture, found in what is now northern Chile.
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A more commonly accepted theory is that there was an ancestor cult of sorts, since there is evidence of both the bodies traveling with the groups and placed in positions of honor during major rituals, and a delay in the final burial itself.
Also, the bodies (which were always found in the extended position) were elaborately decorated and colored (even later repainted), and are thought to be reinforced and stiffened in order to be carried on reed litters and consequently displayed.
C, making them contemporary with Las Vegas culture and Valdivia culture in Ecuador and the Norte Chico civilization in Peru.
The mummies may have served as a means of assisting the soul in surviving, and to prevent the bodies from frightening the living.
The entire Chimu state, was absorbed into the Tawantinsuyu community and resettled in the city of Cuzco, to serve their new Inca rulers.
Contemporary with the Chimú, were the Chincha, on the southern coast of Peru. But they were unique in one respect, it appears that they were a completely specialized people, oriented totally towards a fishing economy.
Like all other great civilizations, the Chimu were militaristic and expansionistic.
However in their quest for more territory, they unfortunately ventured south, and ran into the Inca.
Their lifestyle was predominantly supported by fish, shellfish and sea mammals.