Human Sacrifice And The Body Of Jesus Christ Essays

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There are many words that one can use to describe the indigenous people of Mesoamerica: brilliant architects, pioneers in mathematics and astrometry. However, there are a few words that are hardly ever utter out loud; cannibals and superficial individuals who perform human sacrifice. To our modern society, the practices of the Aztec people may seem a bit strange and a little bit extreme but to the Native people it was a part of their religious practices. If you can imagine it, it would be like trying to explain why the catholic eat the blood and the body of Jesus Christ. In this essay, I will explain how human sacrifice and cannibalism may play the hand in hand with each other, for instance in times of great hunger. Cannibalism was also used as a political tactic to deter enemies from attacking. Leaving behind frightening stories of revenge feedings, shameful last meals and a disturbing meal choice for visitors. Many archeologists believed that the Aztec people practiced human sacrifice in order to justify cannibalism. While the center of the valley of Mexico is extremely fertile, the lands that surrounded the valley were not so fertile. Meaning that agriculture was not always available for certain people and the wild game not always able to be accessible. In times of need, the Aztec people would engage in "flowery wars" (Winkelman 1998). The term "flower wars" meant the Aztecs went to war with other city-states in order to obtain victims for sacrifice. The idea behind…

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