Coastal Desert - Religion
Through ceremonies, societies celebrated their relationships with nature. Ancient Andean potters and weavers created colourful and exquisitely crafted objects reflecting the natural world. Ancient peoples revealed much about their beliefs, rituals, gods, rulers, flora, fauna, architecture and many other aspects of their lives. Designs from pots and textiles were also depicted on architecture and metalwork.
During Chimú times, the moon goddess Si was the chief divinity, believed to control the weather, the growth of crops and the tides of the ocean. She was considered more powerful than the sun because she appeared both night and day; especially as to people living in a dry desert, the sun was a tormentor which brought blistering heat and wilted crops.
The sea, Ni, was also an important divinity who was asked for fish and protection from drowning.