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The Natchez Indians used this Historic Plaza, between the Great Sun's Mound and the Temple Mound, for festivities which included religious ceremonies.
The funeral for the brother of the Great Sun, the Tattooed Serpent, was held here in 1725, and was witnessed by Le Page du Pratz, who lived in Natchez at the time. He gives a detailed description of the event in his book, Historie de la Louisiane, which was published in 1758. It is well documented that human sacrifices were made at the funerals of deceased chiefs. Those thus sacrificed were to serve the chief in the after life.