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The Supernatural

The Moche worldview blurred the boundaries between the cultural realm and the natural world. Humans with animal bodies, objects with human traits, or anthropomorphic creatures that combined features from multiple animals, were painted as warriors in combat. Supernatural battles took place under water, on land or in abstract arenas. Finally, several supernatural characters are repeated throughout Moche imagery, in Narrative Themes, as individuals, and in other contexts, such as hunting scenes. Clearly, the ability of human figures to move between the natural and cultural realms was an important organizing principle of the Moche world.

Anthropomorphic Wave

Anthropomorphic Wave

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Anthropomorphic Urchin

Anthropomorphic Urchin

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Crab Deity

Crab Deity

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Crayfish Deity

Crayfish Deity

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Strombus Being

Strombus Being

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Ai Apaec/Wrinkle Face/the Fanged God

Ai Apaec/Wrinkle Face/the Fanged God

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The Circulator God

The Circulator God

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