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Pictures: Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple
National Geographic ^ | August 2012 | A.R. Williams

Posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Sixteen feet (five meters) below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of 1,789 bones from children, teenagers, and adults along with the complete skeleton of a young woman.

The burial, dating to the 1480s, lies at the foot of the main temple in the sacred ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, founded by the Aztecs in 1325. The Aztecs dominated central Mexico until falling to Spanish conquistadores in 1521.

Although several burials with multiple remains have been uncovered previously in this precinct, this is the first that includes human bones from such a wide span of ages.

The discovery offers a rare opportunity to study Aztec funerary rituals and religious beliefs. Few burials from that culture have come to light, most likely because they lie beneath modern buildings.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: aztecs; diversity; frickensavages; godsgravesglyphs; humansacrifice; mexico


Cortesía/Héctor Montaño/INAH-Conaculta/RML

1 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Fellow Indians.
As “peaceful” sacrifices.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 6:20:00 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Here I was thinking about how beautiful those space pictures are that you post, and then you come up with this, another photo from my family reunion.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 6:23:28 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

Since it is a cross-section of ages, it will be found to be victims of the smallpox plague IMHO.


5 posted on 08/31/2012 6:27:00 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Was smallpox endemic to North America in the 1480’s? I thought it was imported by the evil white man beginning in 1492.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 6:32:46 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: SunkenCiv

All religions are equal.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 6:37:56 PM PDT by cmj328
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To: SunkenCiv

Sounds like modern Mexico - cartels just carrying on the “old ways” with AK 47’s and machetes.


8 posted on 08/31/2012 6:49:24 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

IMHO, you are wrong that it’s from small pox.

The reason? It date is prior to european arrival. Also, the probably wouldn’t have been mass buried as a result of disease. It’s not practical


9 posted on 08/31/2012 6:59:06 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I believe the correct term is “noble savages”


10 posted on 08/31/2012 7:15:16 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: SunkenCiv

Like all others, the Aztec culture concluded with a death cult.

It’s nature’s way...


11 posted on 08/31/2012 7:17:35 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

re: “The burial, dating to the 1480s, lies at the foot of the main temple in the sacred ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital . . .”

At the foot of the main temple? I’m guessing the bones are victims of their religious ceremonies, not smallpox. What little I have read of Aztec worship, buring the victims of their sacrifical worship next to the temple makes sense.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 7:26:36 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Human sacrifice and canibalism were integral parts of Aztec life. The victims were typically sacrificed in a temple at the top of the pyramid, and then the carcasses were thrown down the side of the pyramid. You only find parts of the bodies because parts of the victims ended up for sale as meat in the marketplace.

There was no smallpox in Aztec regions in 1480, or even much later. Aztecs sacrificed people of many different ages who were taken from tributary tribes. Those tribes didn’t enjoy being the “other white meat”, and so they enthusiastically helped Cortes end the Aztec reign of terror.

Most conservatives are afraid to violate the shibboleths of political correctness. Nevertheless, as hard as the Spaniards could be, they were pussycats compared to the Aztecs.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 7:28:26 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000

“Parts of the victims wound up as meat”......yep....my family reunion....if the sales guy offered you a free hand with every purchase, then that was my cousin Mike.


14 posted on 08/31/2012 7:50:51 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: achilles2000

Oops, you’re right. It would have to be after 1521. My apologies. Retraction boldly printed...unlike NY Times and other liberal media outlets.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 8:15:03 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: headsonpikes

On the plaza in front of the big pyramid, the Aztecs had constructed something they called “the corncrib”, which was filled with stacked human skulls. Cortez et al were horrified, and at some point before they destroyed the whole complex, using measurements they estimated the number of skulls at a quarter million. These were remains of victims from years of various sacrifices, “games”, and what the Aztecs called “flower wars”, in which they’d attack some other tribe and keep attacking them until they submitted and started sending tribute — young males and females for various tortures and death.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 8:25:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
According to the, often tedious, timeline set out by Charles Mann in "1491", the pox hit SA around 1519 via the Caribbean. From that point onward he sees pox as the major factor in European expansion into the new world.

Oh, and mesoamerican/pre-colombian cultures were really vast and often quite advanced while Europeans didn't bathe too very much.

Please note the "often tedious" part but it's not a bad read if you bookmark a lot.

17 posted on 08/31/2012 8:36:43 PM PDT by norton
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Thanks, but it isn’t all that big a deal..


18 posted on 08/31/2012 8:42:20 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000

Sad story. Proof once again of how the indigenous population of the America, these noble savages, were corrupted by contact with Europeans.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 8:47:48 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: SunkenCiv
"These were remains of victims from years of various sacrifices, “games”, and what the Aztecs called “flower wars”"

Yeah, but the Aztecs really, really, truly, honestly, sincerely, honestly, truly, really believed that human sacrifice was necessary... and sometimes you even had to flay the victim and wear his skin, but it was for a good cause.


20 posted on 08/31/2012 8:48:29 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Isn't multiculturalism wonderful?

"Michael Harner, in his 1997 article The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice, estimates the number of persons sacrificed in central Mexico in the 15th century as high as 250,000 per year. "


21 posted on 08/31/2012 8:49:18 PM PDT by garjog
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To: achilles2000

Where can I get verification of this with references? I would like to do a study on what happened to cultures that practiced human sacrifice.


22 posted on 08/31/2012 9:25:57 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SunkenCiv

they sound like an offshoot of Islam..


23 posted on 08/31/2012 10:15:22 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: huldah1776

Google Bernal Diaz who wrote “Conquest of New Spain”.

Here’s the google search http://bit.ly/NHTBkd

Here’s the book.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32474/32474-h/32474-h.htm

Bernal Diaz was Hernando Cortez’s lieutenant. He was known as the oldest lieutenant. His book was only translated into english in the 1980’s.

There’s lots of references to human sacrifice. However, the book also shows something that was not mentioned in English speaking texts before. The Aztec priests were homosexual. They would “act up” right in front of Cortez and his men.

The Aztecs were just like the Caananites described in the bible who practiced human sacrifice and homosexuality.

It turns out the two practices go together.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 10:46:33 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: garjog
of persons sacrificed in central Mexico in the 15th century as high as 250,000 per year.

How horrible and barbaric they are, and we with our own over a million abortions a year, are no less barbaric. Many that they brutally murdered at least had the chance to fight back, but not our defenseless babies. They can do nothing but scream silently and die horribly, while society on the whole pays scant attention, like they don't even exist at all.

25 posted on 09/01/2012 12:54:04 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Was smallpox endemic to North America in the 1480’s? I thought it was imported by the evil white man beginning in 1492.

Retraction already printed. Smallpox hit Mexico beginning around 1521 when the Spaniards finally conquered the Aztecs. The Aztecs probably contracted the disease from eating Spanish captives during the conflict or from being in contact with the Spaniards period. I knew better.

26 posted on 09/01/2012 6:02:47 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Smallpox hit Mexico beginning around 1521 when the Spaniards finally conquered the Aztecs.

And not a moment too soon.

27 posted on 09/01/2012 7:12:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv
But ..but ..but ... uh... the indigenous people were oh-so peaceful until those EVIL Spaniards landed and kidnapped all their women and made them sex slaves. That's when they became 'violent', and solely for self-defense purposes you know. Before the SPANISH INVASION the 'peaceful indians' just traded beads, shiny rocks, and sea shells. And they worshiped the Sun, Moon and Stars and would dress in fancy home spun costumes then dance the nights away.

And, and, and .. uh .. all those bodies were of people who accidentally fell off the Temple stairs. They didn't have OSHA or Building Code Inspectors back then so some bad stuff happened every now and then.

Yep, that's it. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

(I don't know how but I'm pretty sure this is all BUSH'S FAULT!)

28 posted on 09/01/2012 7:38:50 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: huldah1776

I’m not sure what you want verification of. If it is confirmation that the Aztecs practiced human sacrifice on a large scale and engaged in cannibalism, these are rather commonly known facts until the left decided that this bit of history would damage the self-esteem of “indigenous peoples”. The Mexican government today actively tries to suppress discussion of this and is aided by “court” academics.

For references, start with Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico. Nothing much more recent is as honest. Cortez’s letters from Mexico can be found easily and are a primary source. Bernal Diaz de Castillo is another easy to find eye-witness source.

I hope I interpreted your question correctly.


29 posted on 09/01/2012 7:38:54 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000

Yes, thanks!


30 posted on 09/01/2012 7:44:11 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Condor51
LOL -- well done.

This is why I thought Mel Gibson was so clever with his film Apocalypto. He totally brought the horrific ways of the indians to public attention. By the end of the movie, when you see those Spanish galleons floating in the bay, you are flooded with a sense of relief. Western Civilization -- Christendom -- has come to save the day. The movie ends there, but you know it's going to be okay, and that's the point.

31 posted on 09/01/2012 7:57:07 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Flag_This

Wow, that’s the first time I’ve seen that or been aware of that practice. Such charming folks.


32 posted on 09/01/2012 7:58:18 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SunkenCiv
Back around 2003 I had the pleasure of touring the Mayan ruins of Copan, Honduras. At the very back of the complex, there was the ongoing process of expansion and digging out more and more from the jungle.......
33 posted on 09/01/2012 8:00:46 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: norton

1491, definitely a good read.


34 posted on 09/01/2012 8:13:03 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Yardstick
Thanks ;-)
I hate how the libtards have distorted history. White man Bad. Brown or 'Red' man Good.

And now I'm going to have to watch that movie, like tonight. I've kept skipping over it when I've looked through the Comcast On Demand movies.

(watched Superman II last night, Superman ('I' ) last week.)

35 posted on 09/01/2012 8:17:06 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Condor51

;’)


36 posted on 09/01/2012 8:44:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

To me, a ‘jumble of bones’ indicates individual bones not closely connected to a complete skeleton.

This doesn’t mean ‘burial ritual” to me. It sounds more like a trash heap of bones discarded after a cannibalistic feast.

Yum, yum, who’s got some gum? I think I ate me mum.


37 posted on 09/01/2012 8:55:48 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk oMnly to me.)
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To: goat granny

Look, just because Muzzies everywhere murder anyone they can get their hands on for any flimsy pretext that enters their minds, doesn’t mean that, wait, gosh, I guess it does... ;’)


38 posted on 09/01/2012 9:50:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Yardstick
"Wow, that’s the first time I’ve seen that or been aware of that practice. Such charming folks."

The current practice is to depict the Spaniards as voracious villains and all the peoples of the New World as peaceful, enlightened victims. That may have been the case in some instances, but the Aztecs - I doubt the conquistadors had any problems sleeping after burying that particular blood-soaked "civilization."

39 posted on 09/01/2012 9:56:30 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: wildbill

And for dessert, lady fingers!


40 posted on 09/01/2012 10:27:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Sounds interesting!


41 posted on 09/01/2012 10:28:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: huldah1776

You should also get a copy of Otto Scott’s The Great Christian Revolution, which covers some things you might be interested in.


42 posted on 09/01/2012 4:48:00 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000

added.:)


43 posted on 09/01/2012 6:46:40 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Bellflower
"we with our own over a million abortions a year, are no less barbaric"

Yes, and child sacrifice has been an established norm for many historic civilizations. The god Moloch demanded newborn babies be burned alive to prove the allegiance of followers.

It almost seems like the same god/demon is at work in our times here in America. We are killing babies by the thousands quietly without notice. About 200 very late terms abortions are performed each year in a town a few miles from my home. No one cares or complains. These kids are in the 5th month and beyond.

The saline burns away the outer skin of the children. Abortion textbooks advise that the abortionists need to tell women that they may feel the baby kick a lot during "the procedure."

The pro-choicers argue that late term abortions are rare, but these are about one percent (or around 100,000). Teen age girls get pregnant then deny it until late in the pregnancy and when the parents find out they insist on killing the baby.

How can late term abortion be anything but a modern expression of ancient child sacrifice? Doubt it? Just do a Google image search for late term abortion.


44 posted on 09/02/2012 8:59:31 PM PDT by garjog
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To: SunkenCiv

Proof that the Aztecs had the opening of Batman before the Toltecs...


45 posted on 09/02/2012 9:21:04 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: IrishPennant

LOL!


46 posted on 09/03/2012 8:52:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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