In these public places, ritual food offerings are made to the gods.
The numerous pyramids and ceremonial plazas built in the main Caralan towns bear witness to a hierarchical society in which a political and religious elite was able to engage significant human resources, coordinate work over several years and hold public ceremonies.
The Caralan ceremonial sites were all constructed along the same plan, using a common code and architectural style: multi-tiered pyramids, topped with an atrium, towered over recessed, circular plazas in which participants attended rituals. Their platforms, made with large stones and stone-filled woven bags known as shicra, dominated the surrounding landscape.
During these frequent ceremonies, inhabitants of the surrounding areas would come together to commune. A large variety of foods were then shared and consumed before being burnt as offerings. The many bone flutes found at these sites suggests that music also played an important part in these events.