An Explanation Of Aztec Sacrifice Essay

1847 Words Dec 17th, 2015 8 Pages
There is a Western myth that the Aztecs used to sacrifice a person every day so that the sun would continue to rise on the morn. Whether or not this explanation for Aztec sacrifice is true or not is not something to be taken up here, but it does serve to analogize the ways in which Native lives and worldviews are sacrificed every day for the Western Settler world to see the new dawn. The violence of sacrifice is intricate, it is religious, it is beyond words, but, most importantly, it defines a relationship as inherently antagonistic. Every Native life saved, every Native culture preserved is a day without sun in the empire of the Settler, a day where the crops fail, where the gears of industry grind to a halt, a day of the dead. The corporal existence of Natives cannot be separated from their cosmologies; how Natives relate to land, resources and people is a fundamental part of what makes them Native and this is no different for the Settler – how the two interact and collide in history and literature is key to understanding these two antagonists as they circle each other in the bloody arena of settlerism. In Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water, we are struck, for the first time, with the differences between the world of the Indians and the world of Settler. In fact, when looking at the book in its entirety, it becomes clear that the cosmology of the book overwhelms the plot itself. The agential nature of objects, the non-Aristotelian logic concerning creation…

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