Skip to comments.Pictures: Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple
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.
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As “peaceful” sacrifices.
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.
Since it is a cross-section of ages, it will be found to be victims of the smallpox plague IMHO.
Was smallpox endemic to North America in the 1480’s? I thought it was imported by the evil white man beginning in 1492.
All religions are equal.
Sounds like modern Mexico - cartels just carrying on the “old ways” with AK 47’s and machetes.
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
I believe the correct term is “noble savages”
Like all others, the Aztec culture concluded with a death cult.
It’s nature’s way...
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.
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.
“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.
Oops, you’re right. It would have to be after 1521. My apologies. Retraction boldly printed...unlike NY Times and other liberal media outlets.
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.
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.
Thanks, but it isn’t all that big a deal..
Sad story. Proof once again of how the indigenous population of the America, these noble savages, were corrupted by contact with Europeans.
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.
"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. "
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.
they sound like an offshoot of Islam..
Google Bernal Diaz who wrote “Conquest of New Spain”.
Here’s the google search http://bit.ly/NHTBkd
Here’s the book.
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.
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.
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.
And not a moment too soon.
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!)
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.
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.
Wow, that’s the first time I’ve seen that or been aware of that practice. Such charming folks.
1491, definitely a good read.
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.)
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.
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... ;’)
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."
And for dessert, lady fingers!
You should also get a copy of Otto Scott’s The Great Christian Revolution, which covers some things you might be interested in.
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.
Proof that the Aztecs had the opening of Batman before the Toltecs...