The presence of coca-leaf "quid" in the bulging cheek of the naturally mummified remains of a 36-year-old male from the Maitas Chiribaya culture in northern Chile and similar portrayals in ceramic figurines from Moche culture in Peru demonstrate wide-spread practice of coca-leaf chewing among Andean peoples long before the Inca period.
Source: Cartmell, et al. (1991). The frequency and antiquity of ... coca-leaf chewing ... Latin Am Antiquity
|Topics:||Cultural factors (social, religious, ritual)|