The Chinchorro mummies are mummified remains of individuals from the South American Chinchorro culture, found in what is now northern Chile.
However in their quest for more territory, they unfortunately ventured south, and ran into the Inca.
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.
Chan Chan, now largely destroyed, once produced a spectacular array of artistic works such as gold jewelry, feather mantles, great textiles, and considerable work in wood and clay.
The arid climate has preserved more art from the Chimú region than from most others.