"Moche artists did not depict the full range of objects and activities in the world around them. However, they left an amazingly complete picture — one that offers a unique opportunity to reconstruct this ancient culture, and to leam not only of the world in which its people lived, but the unique and wonderful way in which they perceived that world."
— From Donnan, Christopher, Moche Art of Peru, p. 189.
Questions for Thought:
1. How did the Moche record their history and their way of life?
2. What clues to an extinct culture (or to Moche life) are given by their art objects? By analyzing the art, what role of importance did animals play in both the secular and religious realms of the Moche?
3. When and how does art become an important means of communication?
4. What is anthropomorphism? How is it seen in Moche art?
5. The Moche way of combat may seem cruel and violent to us. Do you think that the Moche were more or less violent than our society? Why do you think so?
6. How was Moche warfare different from our warfare today?
7. What are the purposes of war? Can we accomplish those purposes today without wars? What are the alternatives?
8. Besides writing, how do we communicate our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs to others? How did the Moche so communicate?