Tuesday, 26 January 2010

800-year-old shaman bears seeds of love

Archaeologists have discovered the 800-year-old grave of a shaman in Peru, buried with 500 seeds that are thought to have aphrodisiac properties.

The ancient love doctor was probably from the pre-Incan Lambayeque culture. He was found near the valley of the Tucume Pyramids at La Pava de Mochumi, Peru.

The director of the La Pava de Mochumi archaeological complex, in Marco Fernandez, who is involved with the dig said that as well as helping with matters of fertility, the shaman would have cured ailments and interceded with the gods of the Mochica and Lambayeque people.

A ceramic vessel containing 500 nectarine seeds was the first finding on the site and led to the discovery of the body. Nectarines have long had a reputation as being a natural aphrodisiac, along with such foods as chilli, chocolate and avocado.

For more details, see the news story on http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=350950&CategoryId=14095


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