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    Middle America in their time period and now because of human sacrifice. The Aztec empire's capital was Tenochtitlán roughly where Mexico City is now. The empire lasted from 1427 to 1520, and the empire had six rulers. The empire was at it height of power from 1440's to late 1460's. Historians should emphasize human sacrifice because the Aztecs used their captured victims from warfare, and human sacrifice is a part of Aztec spiritual rituals and religious beliefs. The Aztec warriors were fierce fighters and during the Flower Wars they showed their fierce fighting techniques. According to the map Territorial Acquisition by Aztec Rulers, "Aztec warriors had the reputation of being of fierce fighters, . . . Independent territories on the map were sometimes the results of a deliberate policy that unoccupied lands remain available for future 'flower wars' in order to provide an ongoing supply of 'flowers' (captured sacrifice victims)." The flowers were captured in warfare and became sacrifice victims in the Flower Wars. The Aztec warriors captured the victims and then the spiritual ritual begins.…

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    The Aztecs were ethnic groups of central Mexico who ruled an empire in the modern- day of Mexico from 1428-1521. From their capital city of Tenochtitlan presently the side of modern-day Mexico, the Aztecs had many ach ievements. Two th ings they are most known for include their farming method and use of human sacrifice. However, h istorians should emphasize the role of human sacrifice in Aztecs culture. Human sacrifice is the act of killing one or more human beings. Human sacrifice is usually…

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    The Value of Death An Exploration of Human Sacrifice The question of human sacrifice in particular is useful and quite prevenient. In this essay I would like to explore the transformation of human sacrifice in the America’s from pre-conquest to the colonization of the Spanish. Human sacrifice is customarily viewed through a Eurocentric lens in which it is seen as heathenistic and barbaric. I would like to challenge this view and point out how it is in a way hypocritical to view the Mexica and…

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    Human sacrifice was a common practice in early latin american cultures. Many such cultures believed that these sacrifices brought about good luck and pleased their gods, thus the Aztecs emulated these previous and contemporary civilizations, yet far surpassed them in both the number of victims and the brutality which they inflicted upon them. All written evidence of human sacrifice by the Aztecs was written by the Spanish conquistadors, who greatly exaggerated all accounts of human sacrifice to…

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    Human Sacrifice Analysis

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    Human sacrifice is perhaps one of the most significant themes in the primary source of Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s The History of the Conquest of New Spain. In his volume of Castillo’s eyewitness account, Davíd Carrasco writes two interpretive essays entitled “The Exaggerations of Human Sacrifice” and “Human Sacrifice/Debt Payments from the Aztec Point of View.” As the name suggests, “The Exaggerations of Human Sacrifice” aims to dispute the misrepresentations in Díaz del Castillo’s reports and…

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    practiced human sacrifice, the Aztec empire is the most well-known and most aggressive group known to have practiced human sacrifice. The Aztecs were a Mesoamerican tribe that lived in the thirteenth century. The Aztec empire only existed for a short time, but left a significant impact, especially in regards to human sacrifices (Tuerenhout 7). The gruesome ritual of human sacrifice has been held as a special religious practice for the Aztecs. The creation stories of the Aztec world relate to…

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    Human Sacrifice surprisingly occurs more often than one thinks, being practiced throughout many generations and continues to be practiced today. “The Practice of Human Sacrifice” by Dr. Mike Parker-Pearson, looks further into the obscure topic ranging from 5,000 years ago to present. The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is set in an agricultural village in Europe where the townsfolk gather every June 26th to sacrifice one person for their crops. It's becoming clearer that almost…

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    winning meant death? Tradition is more important to some than others. The citizens of a small village in the short story “The Lottery” value tradition enough that they would kill one of their own every year to refrain from breaking it. To these people, human sacrifice seems like going to the doctor, or doing your taxes, rather than murder; it is a yearly task that they want to get done and over with so they can go back to their everyday lives. Tradition has made it not just acceptable, but one…

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    Both the Inca and Aztecs used their religious ambitions to justify the use of warfare as a means to expand their land. The Aztecs religious beliefs began to change and was seen most notable during the change of power to the Triple Alliance. Mentioned earlier, the sun god Huitzilopochtli became the dominate god of the people. The new comitology required more human sacrifices than ever seen before. “…Not only was the need for human sacrifice more pronounced, but there could now be no limits to its…

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    Aztec Religion

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    As the Aztec society became more complex over time and grounded in agrarian concerns, earlier versions of these gods transmuted between representing aspects of nature to begin representing natural events aligned with the agricultural seasons. The central concept aligning these ideas was that of Teotl, which was the representation of supernatural energy that could be harnessed by both man and gods. In other words, what drew life together, both that on earth and in the heavens, was the energy…

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