A group of archaeologists happened to discover a hoard of treasure deep below Lake Titicaca. The archaeologists believed these were the offerings to the deities in a sacrifice in lake Titicaca. The hoard included a lapis-lazuli wild cat (or puma), a turquoise stone pendant and gold medallions.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake and it lies in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The artifacts seemed to be the local offerings to their deities. And those who made the sacrifice could have been the elite folks from Tiwanaku culture. These men inhabited the mountains of Andes about 500 and 1100.
It was likely that the Tiwanaku men boated to the middle of the lake and made sacrifice right at the heart of Titicaca. It could have been a small rock outcrop which is now underwater.
The archaeologists believed that the site was of the religious importance. The archaeologists claimed that those who made sacrifice truly wanted to make sacrifice to their gods in the most respectful way. And the most luxurious goods would be the best for this sacrifice.
The spirit of the lake need sacrifice
Even today, the people who dwell in the Andes still believe in the spirit of the lake. For example, a son of a archaeological researcher of Titicaca lake once fell into the lake. Luckily, he was rescued. But the son got a cold very soon after. The locals of the Andes suggested that the mother make a sacrifice to the spirit of the lake. According to them, a sacrifice to the spirit of the lake would be the best way to help her son. And the archaeological researcher did make a sacrifice. The spiritual leaders boated to the middle of the lake. They would give smoke to the sky and they would give the small figurines to the lake.