Human Sacrifice in the Aztec Empire
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Mass Human Sacrifice? Pile of Ancient Skulls Found

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Archaeologists in Mexico are unearthing dozens of ancient skulls in a deserted field that they say may have come from human sacrifice victims.
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Archaeologists have found skulls in Mexico that may have once belonged to human sacrifice victims. The skulls date between A.D. 600 and 850 and may be evidence of the largest mass human sacrifice in ancient Meso-America.

 

 

Ghose, Tia. "Mass Human Sacrifice? Pile of Ancient Skulls Found." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 25 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2014

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Human Sacrificing among the Aztecs?

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Peter Hassler offers an alternative view on the subject of human sacrificing by the Aztecs. The idea of a complete misinterpretation of evidence found that have been said to be that of human sacrificing such as an image showing the "incarnation of a female god "beheaded" in the same way that a plant's blossom is removed in the ritual connected to the making of pulque, an alcoholic drink" can be observed in this article. Hassler further refutes the explanation of artifacts and evidence of human sacrifices by scientist.

 

 

Hassler, Peter. "Human Scrifice among the Aztecs?" Untitled. World Press Review, Dec. 1992. Web. 30 Oct. 2014.

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The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice

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 Harner goes into great detail on what happens to the victims once they have been sacrificed. He brings about the topic of cannibalism within the Aztec empire. A few victims might be captured, sacrificed and eaten on the battle field, however most were taken to the capital and were shockingly confined in a cage until they were "fat enough" for the rituals.  

 

 

Harner, Michael. "The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice." The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2014

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Aztec sacrifice

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What was it in their religion that started Aztec sacrifice? Find out what Aztec sacrifice was like and how it impacted the culture of the empire...
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This source explained that people weren't always taken against their will for rituals but that there was ritual blood-letting, where people would cut themselves to offer their blood to the gods. One of the questions that I had was, "what happened to the body after they were done with the rituals?", and the answer was that the bodies were sometimes thrown down the stairs of the temple/pyramid.

 

"Aztec Sacrifice." Aztec Sacrifice. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

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Aztec Sacrifice

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The Aztec civilization which flourished in Mesoamerica between 1345 and 1521 CE has gained an infamous reputation for bloodthirsty human sacrifice with lurid tales of the beating heart being ripped from...
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 In this article, Cartwright answers the controversial question of who were the victims of the Aztec human sacrificing. According to sources in his writing, some sacrificial victims were the losing captain or even the entire team of the ritual ball-games. Children too were victims and were occasionally sacrificed to honor the rain god Tlaloc. Slaves were another social group from which sacrificial victims were chosen, they could accompany their ruler in death or be given in offering by tradesmen to ensure prosperity in business.

 

Cartwright, Mark. "Aztec Sacrifice." Ancient History Encyclopedia. N.p., 02 Sept. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2014

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Brutality of Aztecs, Mayas Corroborated

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It has long been a matter of contention: Was the Aztec and Mayan practice of human sacrifice as widespread and horrifying as the history books say? Or did the Spanish conquerors overstate it to make...
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 A decade ago at an excavation in an Aztec-era community in Ecatepec, archeologist found evidence of human sacrifice associated with the god of death. A burial pit with skeletal remains of four children who were partially burned as well as the remains of four others that were completely carbonized supports that theory of children being frequent victims due to their perceived innocence and purity.

 

Stevenson, Mark. "Brutality of Aztecs, Mayas Corroborated." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2005. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.

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