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Cultures > Arid North > Cabuza

Beliefs and funeral rites

The Cabuza people buried their dead in circular pits, the bodies placed in fetal position or crouching, and wrapped in elaborate woolen tunics (unku) wound with reed cords and accompanied with funerary offerings. The deceased wore semi-circular or four-cornered hats. The Cabuza cemeteries often displayed a mixture of local and Tiwanaku elements, although in some cases the foreign features predominated. It is believed that the spoons, kero cups, siku (musical instruments made of cane) and the fine, distinctive Cabuza woven attire were used by individuals who served as shamans in the society.